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   from the issue of June 8, 2006

Rededication scheduled for Hardin Hall


Hardin Hall will be rededicated after months of renovation at a ceremony and open house beginning at 10:30 a.m. June 13.

Previously known as the Clifford Hardin Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, the completely renovated building is located on East Campus, at the intersection of 33rd and Holdrege streets.

A brief program at 10:30 a.m. in the main floor lobby will be followed by tours of the laboratory, classroom, and office space that will house the faculty, staff, students, and programs for the School of Natural Resources and the Department of Statistics.

Parking will be available in the Area 10 lot north of the building.

Clifford Hardin, his wife Martha Hardin, and several of their family members are expected to attend the rededication event.

First opened in 1961 as the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, and renamed in 1994 in honor of Dr. Clifford Hardin, the building was constructed with a W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant and with private donations from the citizens of Nebraska. It provided study facilities, housing, and meal service for thousands of adult and youth groups who came to the UNL campus for conferences, workshops, and institutes.

In January 2003, the NU Board of Regents approved a plan to renovate Hardin Hall to provide faculty, staff, and students in the School of Natural Resources with state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and offices to support the university's teaching, research, and extension education programs in natural resources. This 157,000-square-foot facility also serves as the academic home for the UNL Department of Statistics.

Hardin was chancellor from 1954 until 1968, when he accepted nomination from President Richard Nixon to serve as the United States Secretary of Agriculture. He was secretary of agriculture until 1971.



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