Retrofitting Abilene Hall

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We are excited to announce that HSU has received a $1.5 million anonymous gift from a very generous foundation. This donation will go towards the construction of Abilene Hall.

We are grateful for this gift and excited to see how it will speakLIFE into the HSU campus and HSU students.

speakLIFE 25 Questions Series: Abilene Hall

During the summer of 2023, Dr. Matt Jackson, Dean of the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics and the Director of Engineering, provided a mini tour of the renovated Abilene Hall, including explaining the different labs available for the engineering students: Engineering:

Abilene Hall’s Engineering Space Dedicated

On Tuesday, August 29, 2023, a dedication ceremony for Abilene Hall took place.

Over the past two years, Abilene Hall has been under construction, being retrofitted to house HSU’s engineering program. An additional 7,000 square feet were added to the building’s southern elevation. The first floor houses lab space for hands-on learning, while the second floor contains lecture halls, a computer lab, a student lounge, and data center. The third floor will continue to be under construction as it’s prepared to house HSU’s upcoming nursing program, scheduled to open in 2025. Read more about the dedication.

Abilene Hall: 3rd Floor Remodel

Abilene Hall Update and Naming Opportunities

Rebuilt in 1948 after the original structure was destroyed by fire, then closed due to the ice storm of 2021, HSU’s Abilene Hall was reopened with a dedication ceremony on August 29, 2023. While the first and second floors of Abilene Hall have been retrofitted to house HSU’s Mechanical Engineering program, which began this Fall with approximately 50 students, we’re working to retrofit the third floor for HSU’s own nursing program.

We anticipate welcoming nursing students beginning Spring ’25, pending SACSCOC accreditation and approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. Financially, we are one third of the way to our goal of retrofitting the third floor of Abilene Hall for the Nursing Program.

According to the Texas Nurses Association, “Texas is facing an acute shortage of nurses,” and the Texas Workforce Commission predicts that during the decade spanning 2016-2026, in-state demand for mechanical engineers will grow by more than 3,000 positions, an increase of more than 18%. HSU is helping to meet these needs and so can you!

During this month of love, you can show support for HSU’s own future first responders. You can help furnish a Nursing simulation lab for under $200. Or give what you can to HSU’s Nursing Program. Just click on the button below to SpeakLIFE and give now!

Help Furnish Nursing Labs

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