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NWMSU Board Of Regents Approves Upgrades For Fine Arts Building

Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents approved acoustical upgrades at the University’s Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building and a series of curriculum proposals during their October meeting.

Regents approved the acoustical improvements at the Fine Arts Building, for a cost not to exceed $1.4 million, and authorized University leadership to award a contract to Lee Grover Construction for the work. The project will be funded through multiple sources, including donors and the University’s Campus Master Plan fund.

Vice President of Finance and Administration Stacy Carrick and Vice President of Facility Services Dan Haslag said the improvements will address noise transfer and sound performance issues throughout the building while enhancing 14 instructional studios, eight classrooms and 18 practice rooms. The improvements will assist with maintaining accreditation with The National Association of Schools of Music standards and meet minimum requirements for noise isolation.

The 91,465-square-foot Fine Arts Building was completed in 1965 and, as the home of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, houses classrooms, studios and the 550-seat Charles Johnson Theater.

The Northwest Board of Regents also approved certificate programs for Nursing Administration and Nursing Educator, a Bachelor of Science program for echocardiographic sciences and sonographic sciences, Master of Business Administration with a geographic information science emphasis, Education Specialist in educational diagnostician, and a Master of Science in Education in educational diagnostician with School Psychological Examiner certification.

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