According to DSU, the floor will be named in their honor becoming the Glenice Hansen Nursing Center.

“The Department of Nursing is grateful for the generous donation from Ms. Glenice Hansen and Dr. Dale Hansen,” Lucy Meyer, chair of the Department of Nursing at Dickinson State, said. “Their donation will provide support for construction of the new simulation lab project. Glenice has been an active advocate of nursing for many years, and I am honored to know her.”

The generous donation will transform the nursing department into a "world-class health care training site that will provide students with the most advanced technology available anywhere in the region," According to university administrators.

Dale and Glenice Hansen provided DSU with the single largest donation to their Nursing program in school history courtesy. The donation will support forthcoming renovations to the second floor of Murphy Hall on campus. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson State University)
Dale and Glenice Hansen provided DSU with the single largest donation to their Nursing program in school history courtesy. The donation will support forthcoming renovations to the second floor of Murphy Hall on campus. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson State University)

Glenice Hansen was a member of the nursing department from 1968 through 1981, first in her capacity as a faculty member and then later as the chair of the department.

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“Nurses are an important and integral player in the health care system,” Glenice Hansen said. “There has been a shortage of nurses for decades in North Dakota and nationally. To educate nurses the department needs up-to-date equipment and tools. My husband and I wanted to be a part of providing that equipment so DSU can continue to educate nurses to take on the responsibilities of a nurse today and in the future.”

Addressing the donation, Dickinson State University President Steve Easton remarked on the timeliness of the contribution.

“This gift is coming at just the right time,” Easton said. “It will have a huge impact as we modernize our nursing teaching spaces.”

Ty Orton, executive director of the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation, said he was grateful for the opportunities the renovations will have in keeping up with the ever changing landscape of nursing and thanked the Hansens for their philanthropic dedication to the program.

"The Hansens have an extensive history of service to Dickinson State, including both having served on the board of directors for the DSU Heritage Foundation (DSUHF). Glenice and Dale Hansen have been tremendous supporters of the university,” Orton said. “With this gift we have been able to update our nursing facilities to a standard that fits our program. We thank them for everything they have done and for being a true friend to DSU.”

The Dickinson State University nursing program offers a Bachelor's degree in nursing and an Associate degree in practical nursing and are accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing with both the AASPN and BSN programs approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.