MSUM hosts Lommen ribbon-cutting, Veterans Center dedication Nov. 9

Sen. Keith Langseth recognized for his support of Lommen project; Veterans Center to be named for Major General Larry Shellito

Minnesota State University Moorhead faculty and students returned to a newly remodeled Lommen Hall this fall, home to the School of Teaching and Learning, Social Work, Counseling and Student Affairs, the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership as well as Sociology and Criminal Justice. It was the culmination of a two-year project to completely renovate the facility, built in 1932 to replace Old Main, which burned down in 1930.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the university will host a Lommen Hall celebration including refreshments, tours of Lommen, and a ceremony honoring Minnesota Senator Keith Langseth for his help in securing funding for this project at the state level. The event starts at 9:30 a.m., with a program and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., both in Lommen Hall in the first floor lounge area.

Following the Lommen ribbon cutting, the newly remodeled Veterans Resource Center, located in Flora Frick 149, will be dedicated and named in honor of the Major General Larry Shellito. The program begins at 11 a.m. in the Forum Media Lounge, MacLean Hall 262, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

Shellito is an MSUM alumnus and was recently appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to lead the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Refreshments and tours of the Early Education Center and Lommen Hall will continue from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Center will run through the summer starting in 2012 for parental convenience.

All events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lots U (between Lommen and the CMU), A2 and A3 (northwest corner of campus) for public use.

For more information, contact Kathleen McNabb, 218.477.2243 or