Michigan State University’s College of Nursing will break ground Friday, Sept. 24 on the new Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research, an expansion that will broaden the college’s research capabilities and help address the nursing shortage.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Life Sciences building on Service Road on the south side of MSU’s campus. The $17.6 million Bott Building will be constructed adjacent to the Life Sciences building, the current home of the college.

Speakers at the ceremony will include President Lou Anna K. Simon, Provost Kim Wilcox, MSU Trustee Donald Nugent, Nursing Student Association President Julie Kraft, donor Bernadette Bott Marquez and College of Nursing Dean Mary Mundt.

As lead donors, the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation committed $7 million to the project, which also was awarded $7.45 million in stimulus funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Media and guests are invited to park at Lot 92, across Service Road from the Life Science building. Video and audio connections will be available for media.

The groundbreaking will be followed by 12 to 18 months of construction, leading to a planned opening in 2012.

For more information on the College of Nursing, visit www.msunursing.org.

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