MU alumni pair donate $ 1 million to help renovate, build addition to new home for College of Nursing

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Marquette University announced that it has received a $ 1 million gift from an 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 meet 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, who graduated in 1989 from the Opus College of Engineering, currently serves as a member of the university board. Jennifer (Burdick) Minhas also graduated in 1989 from the College of Nursing and serves on the Time to Rise Nursing Campaign Committee.

“Marquette Nurses provides care with integrity, passion and excellent care for the whole person,” said Jennifer and Micky Minhas. “We are confident that the College of Nursing’s strategic plan to expand enrollment, diversity and research opportunities will be fundamental to our commitment to caring for our communities. We are proud to support the college’s vision with this gift.”

Marquette’s College of Business Administration will move out of Straz Hall and into the new home of Marquette’s Business and Innovation Leadership Programs in December 2022. Significant renovations and a newly built addition to Straz Hall will then immediately follow, paving the way for the College of Nursing to relocate. into its five-story facility in 2024. The building, which will span more than 100,000 square feet when completed, is located opposite one of Marquette’s most iconic faith spaces – St. Joan of Arc Chapel – and next to Church of The Gesu.

“It is very important that we increase the number of our Marquette nurses graduating in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, and this generous gift from Jennifer and Micky significantly enhances our efforts,” said Acting Dean Jill Guttormson, Ph.D. MS, RN. “Marquette Nurse graduates are ready to make an immediate impact as leaders and advocates to improve the health of the communities, families, and individuals they serve.”

Inside the new home for the Nursing College

The first floor of the renovated facility will feature an open atrium, an auditorium and several flexible classrooms along with a new Center for Nursing Student Success – which provides comprehensive student support that helps a new generation of nurses through first-year seminars, tutoring programs and learning communities. Skills labs are spread across the second floor, and a large living space for students encased in glass will overlook the campus.

Expanded simulation labs will surround the third floor with associated debrie space to model reflection, clinical judgment, critical thinking and reasoning, Guttormson said.

The innovative rooms will offer enhanced capabilities for simulating real-time health scenarios that take place in the operating room, a specialist clinic or in home care. The upper floors will be home to a research collaboration laboratory, the dean’s suite, additional classrooms and faculty offices.

“Every decision we made in designing this facility was based on supporting students’ learning in a rapidly changing environment,” said Vice President of Planning and Facilities Management Lora Strigens. “Our nursing students and faculty live out our Jesuit model of cura personalis that takes care of 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.


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