The creation of the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons is the highest priority for the School of Medicine. Larger class sizes and new medical school accreditation requirements have made this facility absolutely essential. The Education Commons will almost double the number of existing class rooms to enhance small group learning sessions. In addition, it will include an advanced technological infrastructure to facilitate up to date electronic resources for improved teaching and learning experiences.
The 53,000-square-foot, three-story complex will be the nucleus of all programs for undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education in the School of Medicine. Students will have "one-stop shopping" for all administrative, support and learning services.
Funding for the Educational Commons comes entirely from voluntary contributions by alumni, alumni family members, parents, faculty, administration, staff, and friends who understand the essential role that WSUSOM plays in providing well-trained clinicians for the population of Michigan and beyond.
A major gift of $10.2 million donated by Dr. Nick Labedz, in honor of Dr. Mazurek, changed the dream of the Commons to reality. In addition to the generous gift by Dr. Labedz, the Kresge Foundation awarded a $3 million challenge grant to support construction of the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons.
To date, we're approaching $28 million in contributions and pledges toward the total project goal of $30 million. The approximately $2.5 million balance must be raised to meet The Kresge Foundation challenge. All gifts, large and small, will help us meet this goal (and in most cases, provide tax relief!).
Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons
The WSUSOM Development and Alumni Affairs:
For more information please contact:
Patty Paquin at
313 577 0026
Lori Robitaille at
313 993 4070