Geosciences Building Proposal
We are actively raising funds for a new geosciences facility. We are excited about the proposed facility, what it could mean for our ability to train future geoscientists, and the progress we have made so far!
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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 presented a formal geosciences building proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents in August 2016 (read about it here). The response of the Regents to the request has been positive. They 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 $35 million. The university is trying to raise 10 million 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.
We are excited about the progress that has been made and hope you are too!
Pamela Kempton, Head of the Department of Geology