MBU trustees pave way for library transformation project, completion of Spartan Field

MBU Trustees gave administrators the go-ahead to move forward with transforming the Jung-Kellogg Library into an innovative and collaborative learning environment at their regularly scheduled meeting May 24.

In addition, the Board directed administrators to continue to lay the groundwork for the completion of Phase II of Spartan Field.

University administrators will now begin working with architects to develop plans for both projects, which are slated for the summer of 2019.

The transformation to the Jung-Kellogg Library is aimed at empowering the 21st century student to engage in innovative learning.  As part of the project, the University is working to develop a modern approach in creating more functional open space areas, address technology needs and to identify innovative furniture concepts that support today’s student learners. The project will likely result in collaborative workstations, small group meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and smart classroom spaces that can be easily and quickly adapted to various group sizes and purposes. The first phase of the renovation is underway and involves the significant downsizing of the Jung-Kellogg Library’s print collection. Donations to the University will fund the project.

Phase II of Spartan Field will include a track, bleachers, concession stands and restrooms. The first phase of Spartan Field, which is located on the west side of campus, was completed in the fall of 2015 and features an artificial turf field with a football complex, which houses coaches’ offices and locker rooms.

In other business, the Board:

  • Announced the establishment of an endowment in honor of Dr. Alton Lacey at their regularly-scheduled meeting May 24.
    The endowed fund, called “The R. Alton Lacey Leadership Award Fund,” will provide a cash award at the end of each academic year to a University student determined by the Student Development staff who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
    Dr. Lacey served at MBU’s longest-serving president from 1995 until this past January when he was named the University’s chancellor. He will retire from the University at the end of June.
  • Named Dr. Clark Triplett as Emeritus Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Psychology. Dr. Triplett, who is also set to retire at the end of June, has worked at MBU for the last 34 years. Most recently, Dr. Triplett has served as vice president for graduate studies and academic program review.
  • Appointed Randy Shipman, pastor of First Baptist Church of Clinton, MO., as a trustee to fulfill the term of the late Dan West.
  • Approved the following faculty appointments:
    • Mrs. Kim Cochran as Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
    • Dr. Justin Cook as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education.
    • Ms. Tara Hommelson as Assistant Professor of Nursing.
    • Mr. Jason Jordan, ABD, as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education.
    • Dr. Bridgett Niedringhaus as Assistant Professor of Education.
    • Mr. Michael Nolan as Assistant Professor of Exercise Science.
    • Dr. Kathy Roseland as Assistant Professor of Nursing.

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