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The Carthage Press
  • Leóns to attend dedication at MSSU

  • Three Carthage residents and a Carthage group will be honored for their donations to Missouri Southern State University on Wednesday on the same day the new health sciences center will be dedicated in honor of former University President Julio León.
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  • Three Carthage residents and a Carthage group will be honored for their donations to Missouri Southern State University on Wednesday on the same day the new health sciences center will be dedicated in honor of former University President Julio León.
    Being dedicated at 1 p.m. in the health sciences building will be the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation Nursing Department, named for the foundation that supports Mercy Carthage Hospital, and the Pat and Carolyn Phelps Interdisciplinary Simulation Center, named for the Carthage couple known for their philanthropy.
    In a separate ceremony, slated for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Webster Hall, the Ruth I. Kolpin-Rubison Tiered Classrooms will be dedicated in honor of the Carthage radio pioneer.
    Missouri Southern's television studio in Webster Hall was named in her honor several years ago.
    A formal dedication ceremony for the Julio S. León Health Sciences Center will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.
    The announcement of the dedication of the health sciences building was made in April during a tribute dinner for former Missouri Southern President Dr. Julio León and his wife, Vivian.
    “We want to honor each of the major donors who have provided funds for the project and have allowed us to honor them in this way,” said Delores Honey, director of donor relations-development for the MSSU Foundation.
    Having served previously as a faculty member in the Business Department and later as its dean, León was named president of the college in 1982. He served for 25 years before resigning in 2007.
    León is currently the special adviser to the executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas System, in charge of creating a new university and a medical school in South Texas.
    The Leóns will be attending Wednesday’s ceremony.
    The John & Joy Cragin Computer Lab will be dedicated at the same time.
    W. Robert Corley, for whom the Dental Hygiene Clinic is named, will also be recognized for his contributions, she said.
    An announcement of the Gail & Ruth Smith II Endowment for Technical Services Writing will also be made at the 11 a.m. ceremony in Webster Hall.
    “It’s a writing program that the Smiths are underwriting to encourage technical writing,” said Honey. “It will be overseen by the English Department.”
    JoAnn Graffam, director of the MSSU Foundation, said that the day’s events are important not only to recognize Dr. León and the others donors, but also to honor the university’s history and commitment to its students.
    “Our students are able to prepare for their careers because of Dr. León’s dedication and leadership, and because of the contributions from these donors,” she said. “They’re helping students to achieve success and that’s why we’re all here.”

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