The Mississippi Legislature authorized 20 million dollars in state bonds for a new nursing building at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dean of the College of Nursing Katherine Nugent says ground breaking for their facility is expected to be in Spring 2014.
Asbury Hall will be located to the left of the university's theater and dance building. It will allow for an increase in nursing enrollment from the current 550 students to more than 800. The 29 million dollar construction project should take about 18 months.
"We received over 5 million dollars from private and we had 4 million dollars from the federal government," says Nugent about funding for the new facility.
With the 20 million dollars in state bonds, the construction is covered for; now the college of nursing is working on an endowment. "So for in the future, the maintenance money is already there. So we'll be able to have the upkeep of the building."
One issue with the current building, Elizabeth Harkins Hall, is the lack of space. "Right now students come and they go to classes they have nowhere to sit but in the hall," says Nugent. Asbury Hall will give them the space for growing classrooms and technology.