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Nursing gift leverages grant, inspires others

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Thanks to a $7 million commitment from the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation which helped secure a $7.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources and inspired more than 1,000 other benefactors, MSU will break ground on the Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research this summer. 
 
“We are extremely pleased that the university is ready to break ground on the new nursing building,” said Bernadette Marquez. “In a little more than two years, our vision will become a reality.”
 
Fundraising for the building has concluded with the inspiring efforts of the 60 for SIXTY Challenge. Honoring the College of Nursing’s upcoming 60th anniversary, the challenge was created to provide benefactors the opportunity to have a named legacy in the new building by providing support for 60 modular pods that will serve as workstations for teams of students and faculty assigned to funded nursing research.
 
Pods were priced at $20,000; however, the college made a commitment to match all contributions on a 1:1 basis which allowed individual and group benefactors to name a Pod for a $10,000 commitment. This unique opportunity motivated more than 500 individuals and group benefactors to become a part of nursing history. 
 
      “The new building will be a nucleus for the nursing community where students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners come together and influence the future of healthcare,” said College of Nursing Dean Mary H. Mundt. “It will enable new opportunities for collaboration and integration of the research mission of the college with the education and clinical practice missions.”  
 
      For more information about making a gift to the College of Nursing, contact Director of Development Monique Dozier at (517) 432-1187; dozierm@msu.edu.