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New UWS building a commitment to future generations

Superior had a proud moment in the sun last week when ground was broken on the first new academic building on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus in 30 years.

Superior had a proud moment in the sun last week when ground was broken on the first new academic building on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus in 30 years.

State and local dignitaries were joined by a healthy-size crowd of alumni, students and citizens all drawn to the event that showcased our ability to reach out and work together to make things happen for future generations despite the economic hard times of today.

There is plenty of praise to go around on this project.

First, Jim and Sue Swenson, former Superiorites and UWS alum spurred this project with a $5 million donation. While they are successful in the business ventures in California, they remember the lessons they learned in their hometown.

If you have the opportunity, help someone. Generations of UWS students will benefit from this state-of-the art academic facility the Swensons helped build.

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U.S. Rep. Dave Obey gets praise for his work on the federal stimulus package that provided funds to the state of Wisconsin for education and other essential services. That allowed Gov. Jim Doyle to find money within the University of Wisconsin system to make up for a shortfall in local fundraising caused by the downturn in the economy. Despite the fact other projects in the state were clamoring for money, Doyle pushed the UWS project ahead.

Doyle stated that it is important, even in tough economic times, to never shortchange our state's students and their education. They are our future.

In addition, Sen. Bob Jauch was lauded for never giving up on this important project for Superior. He spoke passionately about the role government plays in moving life forward in tough times, in building for the future and in putting people to work.

As he spoke, an eagle soared overhead. And from its view above the campus that eagle would have noted other construction projects on campus. A new student center is scheduled to open next fall, and a major remodel is under construction at Jim Dan Hill Library.

So despite a downturn in the economy, construction workers are on the job and the smallest campus in the UW System is growing.

All good reasons to be bullish on Superior.

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