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November 20, 2013

State Budget Committee has approved more than $20 million for two ISU projects

The State Budget Committee has approved more than $20 million in projects at Indiana State University that will renovate one building on campus and relocate the university’s track and field complex.

During the committee’s monthly business meeting today in Indianapolis, the group approved:

  • $16 million to proceed with the renovation of Normal Hall for use as the Center for Student Success.
  • $4.3 million to relocate the current track facility, Marks Field, to an area west of U.S. 41.

The Normal Hall was dedicated in 1910 as the campus library, a role it served until the early 1970s.

The renovated building will house student academic advising and counseling, tutoring and mentoring services and specialized academic support programs.

 “This facility will serve as the home for the university’s efforts to assist students who are at risk of not graduating, and help all students enhance their academic performance and complete their degrees,” said State Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute, who issued a news release.

The renovation will aim to keep as much of the historic structure of Normal Hall as possible.

The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2015. Financing for the renovation is coming from a cash appropriation contained in the biennial state budget approved by the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year.

By relocating the track and field facility to its new area, Indiana State will gain more campus space to handle upgrades to facilities on the west side of campus and expand parking in that area, Kersey said.

“This also will enable the university to provide a new venue that will meet Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA requirements for competitions, and give all students a better facility to use throughout the year,” Kersey said.

The project will be financed through interest income, private donations and revenue from commissions.

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