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Signed beam being put into place.

In the spring of 2020, Mabel Lee Hall was demolished to make way for Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall, which will be home to the College of Education and Human Sciences.

The new facility will feature new classrooms, meeting spaces, offices, labs and a 400-seat auditorium. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2022.

While Mabel Lee Hall will always hold special meaning for the campus, many exciting opportunities await in the new facility. A transformational new learning space will allow the college to foster collaboration and innovative thinking in new ways. Inside this facility, the next generation will discover their passions and generate ideas to make their impact on society.

Visit this webpage regularly for construction updates and more on this exciting project!

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CEHS Building to be Named Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall

13 Apr 2021     By Haley Apel

The College of Education and Human Sciences’ new building being constructed on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s City Campus will be named Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall.

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Mabel Lee Hall

At the time of its construction in 1968, the building on 14th Street between Vine and W Streets was named the Women’s Physical Education Building and featured two gyms, a swimming pool, dance studio and locker rooms. When the space was renovated in 1977 to add classrooms, computer labs and offices for instructors, it was also renamed in honor of physical education pioneer, Mabel Lee.

Mabel Lee came to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1924 serving as director of physical education for women, as well as a professor. In her 28 years at UNL, she became an internationally known fitness expert and physical education pioneer, while expanding sports teams and strengthening the academic programs she was involved in, leading her department to gain national attention. Learn more.

Over the years, Mabel Lee Hall has been a home for a number of programs in the College of Education and Human Sciences. It has also hosted campus recreation programs and practice space for Husker Women’s Gymnastics


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