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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for Clinical Sciences Building

University opens new building with ceremony, tours.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-19-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony for its $28.883 million Clinical Sciences Building today (Thursday, Jan. 19) on campus.

The building opened for classes on Jan. 9. The University's College of Allied Health and Nursing will hold a community fair in the building Saturday, April 22.

“I am very pleased to officially open this beautiful new allied health building, and we thank our state legislators for sponsoring the legislation that led to Governor Mark Dayton signing the bonding bill for this project in 2014,” said Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport (pictured on the left in the photo). “It will house our nursing, dental hygiene and speech, hearing and rehabilitation services that will also provide students real-world practicum experiences and patient interaction. Clients in the local and regional area will benefit for generations to come.”

Joining Davenport for the photo opportunity were Kristine Retherford (center), dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Marcia Chalgren (right), a 1957 Minnesota State Mankato nursing graduate.

Speakers in a program at the ribbon-cutting event included Davenport; Bob Hoffman, trustee, Minnesota State; Retherford; Colleen Royle, assistant professor, Minnesota State Mankato School of Nursing; and Kellie Metzger, student, Minnesota State Mankato Communications Disorder Program.

Tours of the facility followed the program and ribbon-cutting photos.

Retherford said she was looking forward to showcasing the new building to the University and community.

“We are thrilled to include this state-of-the-art facility as part of our comprehensive preparation for allied health professionals,” said Retherford, “and we are excited to welcome the community to receive top-notch health-related services and continuing education in this extraordinary setting.”

The state-of-the-art Clinical Sciences Building is a 79,131 square-foot, three-story facility. The $28.883 million total project budget for the building included a $2,065,000 capital bond for design in 2012 and the $25,818,000 capital bond for construction in 2014 that Dayton signed into law and $1 million in campus funds to add a basement (currently unfinished). A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Sept. 26, 2014, and construction began in January 2015.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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