Board of Regents approves $4.5 million in equipment funds for KSU’s new Health Sciences Building

Monies will fund equipment‚ labs; facility groundbreaking set for April

Georgia (Mar 18, 2009) — Board of Regents approves $4.5 million in equipment funds for KSU’s new Health Sciences Building

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Board of Regents approves $4.5 million in equipment funds for KSU’s new Health Sciences Building
Monies will fund equipment‚ labs; facility groundbreaking set for April

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 17‚ 2009)
— As pre−construction work continues on the site of the new Health Sciences Building at Kennesaw State University‚ the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia today voted to approve $4.5 million to fund equipment and labs for the 200‚000−square−foot‚ $60−million facility.

Formal groundbreaking for the new building‚ which will house 15 health‚ science and interdisciplinary labs‚ is scheduled for April. A significant portion of the funds will be used to equip nursing labs for KSU’s WellStar School of Nursing‚ which will be housed in the facility. The new Health Sciences Building also will include:

• Two 150−seat classrooms
• Two 120−seat classrooms
• Five 80−seat classrooms
• Two 60−seat classrooms
• Seven seminar rooms
• Four computer labs
• A 300−seat auditorium‚ and
• Faculty offices.

“We are pleased the Regents have approved this important funding‚ which will allow us to greatly enhance the efforts of the WellStar School of Nursing – including support of our new Doctorate of Nursing Science‚” KSU President Daniel S. Papp said. “These monies will help pay for lab equipment to support joint faculty and student research – an important component of the D.N.S.”

In February‚ the Board of Regents approved KSU’s new nursing doctoral program‚ which aims to boost production of nurses and nurse educators to help alleviate a nationwide shortage. The university’s nursing school‚ which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year‚ produces more than 150 graduates annually.

“With the increased lab space this new facility will provide‚ the School of Nursing looks forward to supporting more nursing students in our high−demand and highly competitive program‚” said WellStar College of Health and Human Services Associate Dean Laurie Tis. “We are extremely grateful that this funding will provide for a large expansion of critical nursing simulation labs and other educational needs.”

KSU’s WellStar School of Nursing – one of the state’s top nurse producers – will be a regional nursing simulation lab site‚ supporting nursing education for northwest Georgia‚ Tis explained. The simulation labs allow nursing students to gain critical hands−on experience with state−of−the−art equipment and to learn essential‚ contemporary nursing skills.

In 2007‚ the Board of Regents approved $42.5 million for the design and construction of the new Health Sciences Building at KSU. The $60 million total cost includes construction‚ design and equipment‚ with the university raising at least $13 million from private contributions and other sources toward the project’s total cost.

Presently‚ concrete pilings for the building are being erected and a construction fence is in place. The building is expected to be completed by December 2010.

“For the first time‚ KSU’s departments of nursing and human services will be in one building‚” said Tis‚ “and all of the administration will be housed in one building. It really will be a stunning building‚ and I think it represents a really bright future‚ not only for the WellStar College of Health and Human Services‚ but for the university as well.”


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


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