College & Community Relations

Newest Aims building named after Mildred Hansen

Submitted on: 08-05-2005

Aims Community College has announced the newest building on its Greeley Campus will be named after former Greeley Tribune owner and education benefactor Mildred Hansen. “Those of us who have been in Greeley for a long time know and appreciate Mildred Hansen’s legacy to the community in terms of education, healthcare and her many other interests,” said Aims Board of Trustees President Ken Nickerson. “This is a small way for Aims to honor her contributions.” The naming of the building was a natural, according to Susan Kirkpatrick, director of the Aims Foundation. “Miss Hansen’s gift of $1.5 million to endow student scholarships in 1995 has generated $2.8 million in interest earnings to benefit students at Aims over the last 10 years,” Kirkpatrick said. “This legacy is a remarkable testament to Miss Hansen’s belief in the transforming value of education and a good reason to name the building in recognition of a powerful belief.” In 2005, the Foundation began to offer Hansen Presidential scholarships to students in each high school in the Aims taxing district. The first 10 Hansen Presidential scholars begin their education at Aims this fall semester. The Mildred Hansen Building is set to open Sept. 12. The 12,800-square-foot building will house the Aims Police Academy, Emergency Services and Criminal Justice departments. Those programs were moved off campus to make way for the new building. The old building was demolished in January — part of the college’s Project Crossroads that establishes Aims’ objectives for meeting community needs well into the next century. The $1.5 million project includes four, 1,100-square-foot smart classrooms; a 300-square-foot conference room; two office complexes; two storerooms; a student lounge area; and a 1,300 foot, state-of-the-art laboratory. “The building is designed to incorporate natural daylight, utilizing glass block similar to the College Center,” said Physical Plant Services Director Don Plant. Energy conservation features will be installed throughout the building’s infrastructure. The grand opening of the Mildred Hansen Building on the Aims Community College Greeley Campus will be Sept. 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be part of the second annual Aims Foundation Celebration Picnic. The cost is $10, which includes the meal and a tour of the building following the ribbon-cutting. Call (970) 339-6365 for more information.

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