MU alum couple donate $1 million to help renovate and build new home for College of Nursing


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Marquette University announced that it has received a million dollar donation from alumni couple, Micky and Jennifer Minhas, who will launch an effort to renovate and build an addition to the new home of the College of Nursing in the heart of campus.

To accommodate an ambitious growth plan, the College of Nursing will move to a renovated and expanded David A. Straz, Jr. Hall in 2024.


According to a press release, Micky Minhas, a 1989 graduate of Opus College of Engineering, is currently a member of the university’s board of trustees. Jennifer (Burdick) Minhas also graduated in 1989 from the College of Nursing and serves on the committee for the Time to Rise Nursing Campaign.

“Marquette nurses provide care with integrity, passion and excellence by caring for the whole person,” said Jennifer and Micky Minhas. “We strongly believe that the College of Nursing’s strategic plan to increase enrollment, diversity and research opportunities will be the foundation of the commitment to care for our communities. We are proud to support the college’s vision with this donation.

The Marquette College of Business Administration will move from Straz Hall to the new home of Marquette’s Business and Innovation Leadership Programs in December 2022. Extensive renovations and a newly constructed addition to Straz Hall will follow immediately, opening the way for the College of Nursing to move into its five-story facility in 2024. The building, which will span over 100,000 square feet when complete, is located across from one of the largest faith spaces emblematic of Marquette – the Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc chapel – and next to the Gésu church.

“It is vitally important that we increase the number of our Marquette nurses graduating in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, and this generous gift from Jennifer and Micky greatly strengthens our efforts,” said Acting Dean Jill Guttormson, Ph.D. ., MS, RN . “Marquette Nurse graduates are poised to have an immediate impact as leaders and advocates for improving the health of the communities, families and individuals they serve. »

Inside the new home of the College of Nursing

The first floor of the renovated facility will feature an open atrium, auditorium and multiple flexible classrooms, as well as a new Center for Nursing Student Success – providing comprehensive student support services helping a new generation nurses through first-year seminars, tutoring programs and learning communities. Skills labs are spread throughout the second floor, and a large glass-enclosed student lounge will overlook the campus.

Expanded simulation labs will surround the third floor with debriefing rooms to model thinking, clinical judgment, critical thinking skills and reasoning, Guttormson said.

Innovative spaces will provide better opportunities to simulate real-time healthcare scenarios taking place in the operating room, a specialty clinic or in home healthcare settings. The upper floors will house a collaborative research lab, the dean’s suite, additional classrooms and faculty offices.

“Every decision we made to shape this facility was based on supporting student learning in a rapidly changing environment,” said Vice President of Facility Planning and Management Lora Strigens. “Our nursing students and faculty live our Jesuit model of cura personalis, caring for the whole person, and our goal was to imagine and create a facility that does the same for them.”

As the university’s campus master plan continues to evolve, Clark Hall, the current home of the College of Nursing, will be evaluated for future use.

MU alum couple donate $1 million to help renovate and build new home for College of Nursing




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