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November 6, 1998

Animal science will open Kildee addition Saturday

by Barbara McManus, Agriculture Information

The animal science department will dedicate a $20 million addition to Kildee Hall tomorrow (Nov. 7). Department head Dennis Marple said the improvements will ease increasing demands on the department.

"It comes at an ideal time. Enrollment has increased dramatically -- in the last 10 years it has more than doubled," Marple said.

The dedication will begin at 10 a.m. at the Kildee Hall addition. (The front entrance of the addition is off Osborn Drive.) Speakers include President Martin Jischke, College of Agriculture Dean David Topel and Marple. The public is invited.

The improvements will help the department serve a changing livestock industry. The new area includes classrooms, laboratories and research facilities. The space also includes laboratories for research in molecular genetics, immunology, physiology, nutrition, meat science and food safety, and additional holding areas for large animals.

"The additional areas will be used to enhance our programs in research, teaching and extension," Marple said.

Construction for the addition began two years ago during the animal science department's centennial celebration. The Iowa Legislature appropriated more than $15 million for the building project. Private fund-raising provided another $3.5 million.

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