Missouri State renames Professional Building in recognition of gift


As of Friday, the Professional Building at the corner of Kimbrough Avenue and Cherry Street has a new name.

Missouri State officials unveiled the title — Ann Kampeter Health Sciences Hall — during a short afternoon ceremony.

“Ann spent many hours in classes and visiting with faculty in the Professional Building when she was a student,” said Brent Dunn, executive director of the Missouri State University Foundation. “Now she wants the physical surroundings to assist students in their education.”

According to the foundation, the name was changed in recognition of a seven-figure gift. The exact amount was not disclosed.

“Missouri State students are motivated to make a difference in their communities,” said MSU President Clif Smart, in the release. “By improving facilities and giving students more spaces to collaborate, we are investing in the future of health care.”

The renamed sciences hall, a former bank building, is adjacent to the McQueary College of Health and Human Services.

With the gift, the building will undergo extensive renovations, including: 

  • A centrally-located student access and advisement center that’s modern and fully equipped;
  • Updates to the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic;
  • Additional meeting and study spaces.      

The work is expected to start immediately and be finished by fall 2021.

Mark Smith, dean of the McQueary College of Health and Human Services, said the hall will serve students as they “study and gain practical experiences in our labs, classrooms and clinics.”

The newly renamed hall houses the following:

  • Biomedical sciences department;
  • Communication sciences and disorders department; 
  • School of Nursing;
  • Department of public health and sports medicine;
  • Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic;
  • Child Development Center;
  • Preschool for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Claudette Riley is the education reporter for the News-Leader. Email news tips to criley@news-leader.com and consider supporting vital local journalism by subscribing. Learn more by visiting News-Leader.com/subscribe.

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