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The Swensons make an impression on Swenson Hall

Posted on Jul 13, 2010
Jim and Sue Swenson and several members of their family toured Swenson Hall and then left their hand prints behind to become part of UW-Superior's new academic building.
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Sue Swenson presses her hand into wet concrete as Jim Swenson, right, and Chancellor Julius Erlenbach, left, look on. Use the slide show to see more photos from Tuesday's event and our first photos from inside the new building.

Jim and Sue Swenson have made quite an impression on UW-Superior over the years by providing money for scores of student scholarships and supporting key campus building projects.

On Tuesday, July 13, they left another impression on campus -- this time in their namesake Swenson Hall being constructed on the northwest corner of campus. Jim and Sue Swenson, along with several members of their family, pressed their hands into a block of wet concrete specially prepared by the building's contractor. When dry, the block will be incorporated into the interior of Swenson Hall to serve as a permanent reminder of their generosity to future generations of students and faculty.

(See more about this event in a report by Fox 21 TV)

Jim and Sue Swenson made a generous $5 million gift to UW-Superior that enabled the university to win state support to build the $32 million state-of-the-art academic building. When open for classes in Fall 2011, Swenson Hall will house 21 classrooms, a lecture hall, faculty offices, and offices for student services. The environmentally friendly building will be built to LEED Silver Certification standards for environmental sustainability.

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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