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The Kansas Board of Regents reacts positively to geosciences building proposal
First $1 million gift commitment to proposed new facility received
K-State President Kirk Schulz presented a formal geosciences building proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents in July 2014 (read about it here). According to the President, the feedback was positive. The Regents seem to appreciate the water aspect of the proposal and how it ties into the energy industry as key growth areas for jobs in Kansas, he said. More feedback is expected from the Regents over the coming months.
Meanwhile, Paul Strunk ('56 geol, '58 Master's) and his wife, Deana, Rockport, Texas, have generously committed at least $1 million toward the project. The total cost of the building is estimated at $45 million. The university is trying to raise half of this goal through private philanthropic gifts in the next three to five years.
K-State provides much-needed geology graduates to support the growing energy industry in Kansas. The latest Bureau of Labor statistics show that job vacancies in the industry over the next ten years are projected to grow faster than the average for nearly all other occupations. KSU Geology can help to fill this skills gap to benefit Kansas. In addition to job creation, the focus on geosciences is expected to also help solve environmental, water, and energy issues, as well as provide multidisciplinary education and research opportunities for faculty and students.
Final permission from the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Legislature is still required before the project is officially sanctioned. Conversations with alumni and friends are expected to continue, in the meantime, which will take us up to the October 24 Geology Alumni Advisory Council meeting. We hope for high attendance at this fall 2014 session.
We are excited about the progress that has been made in the past year and hope you are too.
Peter Dorhout, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Pamela Kempton, Head of the Department of Geology