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Oct. 5 ribbon-cutting, tours of McCord Building free and open to the public

Austin Peay State Universitys faculty, staff and students are celebrating the reopening of the McCord Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 at the main entrance of the building. A reception and tours will follow.

The completely renovated and refurbished McCord Building opened this fall as home to the School of Nursing, School of Agriculture and Geosciences and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center.
Austin Peay State University's faculty, staff and students are celebrating the reopening of the McCord Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 at the main entrance of the building. A reception and tours will follow.

The completely renovated and refurbished McCord Building opened this fall as home to the School of Nursing, School of Agriculture and Geosciences and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center.

Although the exterior of McCord has remained intact, the interior has been gutted and rebuilt, installing the newest technology and creating top-of-the-line laboratories and classrooms.

Initially opening in 1949, the McCord Building was closed in 2001 after the science faculty moved into the Sundquist Science Complex. In 2004, state funding was secured to renovate and outfit the building to accommodate the needs of a growing School of Nursing, School of Agriculture and Geosciences and the GIS Center.

The directors of the two schools and the GIS Center are delighted with their new facilities and equipment. Since the three areas were in less desirable spaces previously, each director has said being in McCord undoubtedly will enhance the recruitment of students and faculty.

The Oct. 5 McCord reopening celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, telephone the University Advancement Office at (931) 221-7127. — Dennie B. Burke