- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The University of Southern Indiana is preparing to start construction of a new campus conference center this summer.

The project for the Evansville campus is moving ahead after the State Budget Committee gave its approval on Wednesday. The university says $5 million in private donations is covering construction costs, with $750,000 in state money going toward building a parking lot and roads.

University vice president Mark Rozewski tells the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/1ihFOF7 ) that the center is needed because the nearly 10,000-student campus doesn’t have enough meeting and event space. The 12,000-square-foot center is expected to open in late 2015.

The State Budget Committee also approved the school’s plans for $1.2 million in upgrades to its Science Center and a $750,000 project at its Technology Center.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com