Testifying in support of HEAPR funding for critical repairs to food science and nutrition facilities

February 20, 2024
Kathleen Hill Gallant testimony begins at 14:15

Associate Professor of Nutrition Kathleen Hill Gallant testified before the House Capital Investment Committee on February 19 as part of the University of Minnesota's capital investment request to repair existing buildings.

"Our building is one with critical needs for infrastructure improvements. These are long overdue. They're affecting the safety, the learning environment, research productivity, our ability to secure external research funding and ultimately our ability to fulfill our land grant mission on teaching, research and service to the state of Minnesota," said Gallant.

The start of the 2024 Minnesota legislative session is critical for CFANS as we seek Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) funding to provide gravely needed upgrades in our food science and nutrition and poultry teaching and research facilities. It is imperative that these buildings are modernized in order to maintain our state's leadership position in these critical areas.

Systemwide, HEAPR funding ensures our University remains a thriving place for discovery and innovation that benefits the entire state. This investment can also help reduce operating costs; avoid costly emergency repairs; increase safety and accessibility; support student learning and success; and improve research capabilities.

We need your help to build support with Minnesota’s elected leaders. There are several ways you can advocate for the University including joining Support the U Day on February 22 from 10-11 a.m. at the State Capitol; signing up to become a UMN Advocate; or contacting your legislator to share why the University of Minnesota is important to you.