As you may know, the College of Design has plans to unite its dual-campus locations to a pair of buildings on the East Bank: Rapson Hall and the current Bell Museum of Natural History. In order for that to happen, though, the University must secure funding from the state legislature for a portion of the cost of building a new Bell Museum on the Saint Paul campus.
Tomorrow--Tuesday, April 14, 2009--a legislative conference committee will meet to resolve the differences between the Minnesota House and Senate versions of the final package of 2009 capital bonding projects. Funding for the new Bell Museum is currently in the Senate version, but not in the House version. The Bell Museum has asked that its advocates contact the conference committee members (attached) to voice their support. President Bruininks has also indicated that if current efforts fail, it is highly unlikely that the Bell Museum project would be included in the University's 2010 capital investment request, which will set back our efforts at being on one campus.
The Bell Museum has asked that supporters pack the room where the conference committee will meet. The goal is not to be disruptive, only obvious. If you're interested, please meet on the main floor of the State Office building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, by 2:30 p.m. to show the flag for the University, for the Bell, and for our college.