News Release


Mount Marty College Puts Final Touches on Avera Science Laboratories

Published Date7\17\2014

The completion of Phase 1 of the Avera Science and Nursing Complex is nearly complete and the Avera Science Laboratories on the campus of Mount Marty College are almost ready for the faculty and students to arrive for fall classes. After an initial donation of $750,000 from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, construction to renovate the former Old Library space into six state-of-the-art science laboratories began last fall with the finishing touches just being done. The Otto Ullrich Botanical Laboratory, whose exterior signage was just placed this week, will provide live specimens for lab work and research.

A grand opening of the Avera Science Laboratories and the Otto Ullrich Botanical Laboratory will be scheduled after the start of the fall semester during which the college will celebrate with donors, alumni, students, faculty and staff. Each student on the campus will utilize the labs because of the life science/lab requirement for every degree-seeking student. However, the pre-professional, science, and nursing students whose degrees require a greater amount of undergraduate science work will see great benefit from these new labs. Nearly half of the students on campus are undergraduate nursing students and are a part of a 120 year Benedictine sponsored values-centered nursing education tradition. The Mount Marty College BSN (Bachelor of Science in nursing) program is one of the strongest in the region and fully accredited by the CCNE through June 2022.

Plans are coming together for a more comprehensive campaign to address more needs on the campus, including Phase II of the Avera Science and Nursing Complex. This next phase will provide updated facilities for the nursing program to complement and enhance the new lab upgrades.

For more information on the Science Center Project, please contact Chief Advancement Officer, Barb Rezac at barbara.rezac@mtmc.edu or at 605-668-1292.