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GrandOpening_Pg2_600A grand renovation requires a grand celebration.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community gathered in May to mark the extensive renovation of Clow complex, which provides important new instructional, laboratory and collaboration spaces for nursing and other expanding programs.

The renovation represents UW Oshkosh’s commitment to providing quality nursing education and letters and science programs to help students meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Within the new space, College of Nursing students have access to new labs featuring areas 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.

GrandOpening1_Pg3_600“The new space and equipment 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 use the renovated 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.

GrandOpening3_Pg3_150In 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.

University, legislative and UW System leaders joined the architect and project managers in giving remarks at the grand opening. A Mark Chapman Piano Tribute concert, tours of the innovative facility and dedications of a bench to commemorate the renovation and a Smith Family tree in honor of College of Nursing Dean Emerita Rosemary Smith rounded out the festivities.