Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, will join The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) officials, students, faculty and staff for the dedication of the 20,600 square-foot Academic Building, which is the newest addition to UTHSCSA's Laredo Campus Extension (LCE). In 1999 Zaffirini authored and passed Senate Bill 1288, which authorized UTHSCSA to establish and operate the LCE.
Construction of the LCE's second building was made possible by Senator Zaffirini's leadership in securing $12.7 million in state resources. What's more, during the 2007 legislative session she secured $3 million for LCE faculty, staff, educational programs, joint degrees, facilities and student support services, which are needed for the Dental Regional Campus that serves the Mid Rio Grande Border Area. Senator Zaffirini has provided a total of $33 million in state funding for the LCE.
The new Academic Building will provide additional classrooms, labs and faculty offices to support the LCE's expanding health education services.