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MSU to hold Dec. 15 naming ceremony for Barnard Hall

December 13, 2016 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University will hold a naming ceremony for Barnard Hall on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The naming ceremony will be held from 4-4:30 p.m. in front of Barnard Hall, formerly the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) building. A reception will follow from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Leigh Lounge in the Strand Union Building. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

The naming ceremony honors Bozeman residents Tim and Mary Barnard, who earlier this year pledged $6 million to MSU. Tim Barnard is founder and chairman of Bozeman-based Barnard Companies, Inc., one of the country’s largest heavy civil contracting firms.

MSU President Waded Cruzado welcomed the Barnards' gift in February, saying that $5 million will help fund the university’s South Campus, which includes Norm Asbjornson Hall, while $1 million will be earmarked for the College of Engineering. At the time, the gift brought the university to within $3 million of its $70 million goal for the South Campus. As a condition for pledging $50 million to the South Campus project in 2014, MSU alumnus Norm Asbjornson requested that the university raise an additional $20 million to expand the scope of the project. The university announced in September that the match had been met, and the project is moving forward according to schedule.

Tim and Mary Barnard will be present at Thursday's event to ceremonially unveil the new title affixed to the building. Cruzado will speak at the event.

Barnard Hall houses the Department of Physics and Gianforte School of Computing, the Center for Biofilm Engineering, and classrooms and research facilities for graduate and undergraduate students. It is also home to the Microfabrication Lab and the Burns Technology Center.

Norm Asbjornson Hall, future home of the MSU College of Engineering and MSU Honors College, will promote dynamic interdisciplinary engagement, meaningful student-faculty interaction and accelerated innovation that responds to and anticipates emerging trends in education, industry and society, according to Brett Gunnink, dean of the MSU College of Engineering. The building will be open to all but anchored in the university’s growing engineering programs.

Tim Barnard's involvement with MSU dates back to the late 1980s. Since that time, he has established two scholarships in civil engineering and helped fund new faculty for the college's construction engineering technology option. He also received an honorary doctorate from MSU in 2011.

Brett Gunnink, dean, 994-2272, coedeansoffice@montana.edu

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