January 28, 2013
Avera Queen of Peace contributes to DWU science center, funding now complete
MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University's Corrigan Health Sciences Center is now fully funded, thanks to a gift from Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital has committed $300,000 to the project, according to Tom Clark, hospital CEO. The gift will name the lecture hall and lobby in the new facility.
“Our nurses, athletic trainers and athletes benefit from our strong relationship with Avera Queen of Peace,” said Bob Duffett, president of DWU. “This gift is a great vote of confidence in our health care education programs. We are truly committed to educating the best future medical professionals in the region.”
The new four-story, 48,000-square-foot science building will contain chemistry, biology and physics labs; two undergraduate research labs equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for student use; four nursing simulation labs; classrooms for nursing, athletic training, the sciences and mathematics; and faculty offices. Construction for the building began in 2011 following the announcement of two $5 million gifts to the university. The gifts, from Paul and Donna Christen, Huron, and Fritz and Glenda Corrigan, Edina, Minn., along with a memorial gift from Ron Gates Sr., to name the nursing department, were instrumental in kicking off the construction of the $11.5 million project.
"The Mitchell community has been generous to this project," said Theresa Kriese, vice president for business and advancement at DWU. "In addition to our initial large gifts, we have received several gifts to name labs and classrooms, and we look forward to recognizing all of our major donors when we dedicate the building in the fall.”
The new health sciences building will officially open in fall 2013. The dedication for the building is scheduled for Aug. 29.
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