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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s most updated academic building—Clow Social Science Center—reopened  its doors to a small group of students this week.

The building, which underwent a complete renovation, will offer students in the College of Nursing and College of Letters and Science at UW Oshkosh state of the art, innovative areas to learn. A cohort of College of Nursing students earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) began bootcamp classes within Clow Jan. 4. The building opens to all students, the public, faculty and staff at the beginning of the spring semester—Monday, Feb. 1.

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Within the new space, College of Nursing students have access to new labs featuring spaces for students to work with faculty in hands-on situations, a simulation suite set up to replicate a hospital setting, a community simulation apartment for students to train in the areas of hospice and home care, and much more.

“The new space and equipment will enable us to continue to teach our students to provide nursing care that is cutting edge. Our new classrooms, lab spaces, simulation and computer technology will showcase the talent of our nurse educators and support staff and demonstrate why we lead Wisconsin in developing caring and scholarly nurse leaders,” College of Nursing Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan said.

College of Letters and Science students will utilize the new building through a new psychology lab, which allows for expanded research opportunities, a foreign language instructional drop-in lab, and new general access classrooms and lecture halls.

In alignment with UW Oshkosh’s commitment to sustainability, the updated Clow building has been designed to U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard. The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.