Dedication Program and Ribbon Cutting Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m., Langseth Hall Atrium

MSUM will rename the Science Laboratory building Langseth Hall on Dec. 19 in honor of the former Senator Keith Langseth. Langseth Hall Dedication and Ribbon Cutting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in MSUM’s Langseth Hall Atrium (formerly the Science Laboratory).

Langseth served in the Minnesota Senate for 32 years and chairman of the bonding committee for a decade. During that time he was instrumental in securing funding for renovation projects at higher education institutions across Minnesota. Langseth made replacing aged university science and technology labs across Minnesota his top priority. He was a champion for the sciences, and helped secure funds for the $21 million Science Laboratory building on MSUM’s campus, which opened in 2004.

The Science Laboratory building is one of the $1.3 billion worth of college and university projects Langseth helped shepherd through the legislature during his tenure. Since he became bonding committee chairman in 2001, MSUM has also remodeled Lommen, MacLean, Hagen, Livingston Lord and completed numerous other projects.

Langseth will receive an honorary doctorate degree at MSUM’s commencement at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Langseth and Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will both speak at the commencement ceremony.