Joplin, MO (SNS) – Gov. Jay Nixon will announce funding that will be made available for renovations to Reynolds Hall and other budgetary priorities at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Missouri Southern State University.

The announcement will take place on the campus Oval, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to Room 118 of Reynolds Hall.

Completed in May of 1967, Reynolds was the second building to be ready for occupancy on what was then the campus of Missouri Southern State College. An expansion in 1988 nearly doubled its size (to approximately 63,000 square feet) at a time when a rapid increase in enrollment was straining the capacity of the relatively new campus.

Today, Reynolds Hall houses the biology, environmental health, physical sciences and mathematics programs. The coursework offered in the building is in high demand, as it provides prerequisites to nursing and allied health students or is part of a major with a large number of students.

A Master Facility Plan in 2012 listed Reynolds Hall as the building in most critical need of renovation.

The funding being announced will allow the university to renovate more than 92,000 square feet of lab space as well as upgrades to classrooms and electrical systems.