The St. Cloud State University Department of Nursing Science recently received a $1 million gift from Jim Maciej, a former student, earlier this month. The gift will be put toward providing the latest technology for students, like nursing-simulation labs and related technology infrastructure.
Maciej, a 1973 graduate of SCSU’s nursing program, wanted to give back in order to strengthen the students’ education. “In a way it really isn’t about us,” Maciej told University Chronicle. “It’s about the current nursing students who are in the program now and those that will be trained for future generations.”
The gift has already been put to good use by the SCSU Department of Nursing Science. A new baby simulator machine was recently purchased to replace an outdated model. To show their appreciation for the gift from Maciej and his wife Ann, a retired nurse, the SCSU Department of Nursing Science will name a wing after them: the “Jim ’73 and Ann Marie Maciej Nursing Education Suite.”
“This gift will absolutely transform the experience of our students in nursing and give faculty the tools they need to ensure the success of our students,” SCSU President Robbyn Wacker shared with the St. Cloud Times. “We are honored that Jim and Ann Marie have made SCSU’s nursing program their philanthropic priority.”
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