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Morningside College announces big campus expansion

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Morningside College broke ground on a large campus expansion Saturday.

The school announced that it's moving forward with a $13 million project to build a new classroom building and academic advising center.

The Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center will also be remodeled.

The improvements are being financed through the Vision 2020 Transformation, a multi-year initiative to raise $50 million for Morningside College by the year 2019. The college has currently raised $30 million.

"We are continuing to raise money to support the library portion of the Academic Village. We are building these facilities to enhance the educational experience of Morningside Students," said Chairman Mike Bennett.

The two-story advising center will be connected to the three-story academic building, which will have offices, classrooms and labs for the education and nursing departments.

Students and staff are excited for the facelift.

"Faculty and staff are really excited about having a new academic building, because the last completely new academic building on our campus was in the early 70's," said Rick Wollman, VP of Communications.

The project started in April with renovations to the fine arts building and Eppley Auditorium.

The school has an aggressive schedule. They'd like to have the work complete for students by the fall of 2014.

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