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New $57 Million UT School of Nursing Building Opens Door to Future

—David R. Bates

HOUSTON—(May 4, 2004)—When The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston moves into its first home all its own in June, it also will open the door to future generations of nurses urgently needed to alleviate a shortage of educated professionals in many branches of the field.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building is set for Friday, June 4, with a donor recognition event to follow Saturday, June 5.

"It is wonderful to contemplate being located in a building specifically designed to meet the needs of the UT School of Nursing," said Dean Patricia L. Starck, D.S.N . "The new facilities will have the latest in audiovisual technologies to enable flexibility in the teaching and learning process. It will make it possible to design innovative ways to address the nursing shortage."

Since 1996, the UT School of Nursing has doubled its undergraduate enrollment and now graduates more than 120 new nurses and more than 110 nurses with graduate degrees each year. This year, the school received more than 1,300 applications for just 130 spots in the entering class. More than 700 students are currently enrolled in the school, instructed by almost 100 full- and part-time faculty members.

"Over the last three years, with the help of our community partners, the school has expanded its enrollment of entry-level nurses as well as graduate programs to prepare future faculty," Starck said.

The new School of Nursing and Student Community Center sits proudly on the corner of Holcombe Boulevard and Bertner Avenue in the world-famous Texas Medical Center.