SCC launches ‘Save Nebraska Hall’ fundraiser

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Donations are being sought to “Save Nebraska Hall,” a historic landmark on Southeast Community College’s Milford Campus.

At 100 years old, Nebraska Hall is the oldest building on the Milford Campus. Originally built as a hospital for the Soldiers and Sailors Home in 1921, it was converted into a dormitory and cafeteria for the students at the Nebraska State Trade School in 1941.

Two new residence halls have been built in the last few years. Prairie Hall opened in fall 2019, and Meadow Hall opened in fall 2021. Because of its historical significance, a “Save Nebraska Hall” campaign was launched.

“The Save Nebraska Hall project is an incredible opportunity to reinvigorate an iconic building on campus that has had such a significant history both for the state of Nebraska and the campus itself,” said Ed Koster, SCC Milford Campus director.

The overall historic feel of the building will be preserved, while also including several updates to meet ADA requirements. The future of Nebraska Hall will serve three purposes on the campus. Since the structure has three floors, each one can serve a separate need as follows:

  • Student union space with study areas and meeting spaces.
  • Business office with admissions, registration and financial aid.
  • Student success space for advising, testing, career services, TRIO, CAPS and more.

The college is able to use grants and capital funds to pay for the majority of the estimated $5.5 million renovation project. The remaining $1.5 million will be raised privately. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2022.

To donate to the Save Nebraska Hall campaign, contact Ed Koster at (402) 761-8224 or ekoster@southeast.edu.

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