Media advisory: ‘Groundbreaking Day’ is April 30

When: 3-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30

Where: northeast corner of Cushing Coliseum; southeast (main) entrance to Randall and Mantor halls

Contact: Kelly Bartling, communication and community relations, 308-865-8455,

Kearney, Neb., April 26, 2013 – Not one, but two large construction projects are beginning at University of Nebraska at Kearney, so back-to-back groundbreakings are planned beginning 3 p.m. April 30.

The first project is the new Wellness Center, a 19,000-square foot fitness center and public health research facility for the Physical Activity and Wellness Lab. Chancellor Doug Kristensen, other senior administrators, faculty for the department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies; and student leaders will dig the ceremonial first shovel of dirt for this facility.

The project to build a new entry for Randall and Mantor halls is also under way. At the conclusion of the Wellness Center groundbreaking (approximately 3:20), the crowd will cross the street for the second ceremony, directly to the north. Joining in for that event are leaders of Student Affairs and Residence Life, as well as students living in Randall and Mantor halls.

Both projects are significant enhancements to campus and will improve services for students.

Media note: Drawings and other details for the facilities will be distributed on Tuesday. If it rains, the events will be canceled. The public is welcome.



– Kelly Bartling