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Missouri State Completes Continuing Ed Renovation Project

Missouri State University today (Thursday) dedicated the newly renovated Jim D. Morris Center for Continuing Education in downtown Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A donation of cash and property from Jim Morris, president of the Morris Oil Company made possible the 1 point 6 million dollar renovation.

Morris says he was pleased to be involved in this project because it combines his love of downtown Springfield with his love of Missouri State.

The Jim Morris Continuing Education Center is home to a number of programs.

Don Schlueter is Director of the Center.

He says many of the programs benefit the community.

He says the building has undergone extensive renovation since the university acquired it.

Schlueter says the center serves between 4 and 5 thousand individuals each year.

Mike Franks, President of the Missouri State University Board of Governors says there are three reasons the renovation of the Jim Morris Continuing Education Center is an exciting project.

Missouri State President Michael Nietzel says the renovations on the building, located in downtown Springfield represent a partnership.

Renovations include improvements in the lobby and reception area, new classrooms and seminar rooms, a distance-learning classroom, and a student waiting area for the Missouri State shuttle.