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Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2011

40 years ago: New student health center in the works at KU

June 30, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 30, 1971:

  • Plans for a new 60,000-square-foot student health center at Kansas University called for more space than was currently available in the old Watkins building. Students had been using hallways as waiting rooms; the new building would have three waiting rooms with a total capacity of 200. The new facility would also feature 20 office-examining rooms and a suite of offices for psychiatric and mental health workers. There would also be 42 beds for inpatient services. The old hospital building was expected to become home to the KU School of Social Welfare after construction of the new center had been completed.
  • Other changes coming up for KU included a major overhaul for the mail service. The Kansas Board of Regents had recently approved $24,000 for the enlargement of the post office and the relocation of the campus mail office, both of which were located in the basement of Strong Hall. The KU campus had generated approximately $350,000 in postal revenue in 1970 -- about ten times the postal revenue generated by the city of Baldwin at that time.

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