The Nabholz Charitable Foundation donated $500,000 to the University of Central Arkansas to help fund a simulation center in the Doyne Health Sciences Building.

"The Nabholz Charitable Foundation is honored today to make a commitment to this institution. This is a way for Nabholz to give back to UCA for the outstanding impact the university has made in our community for educating young men and women in the healthcare field," Charles Nabholz, chairman emeritus of Nabholz Corporation, said during a check presentation Monday at the university. "It’s our charitable foundation’s pleasure to make a pledge of $500,000 for this institution."

Prior to the announcement, the UCA Board of Trustees voted in a special teleconference meeting to name the second floor of the Doyne Health Sciences Building the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation. All present members voted in favor with board members Brad Lacy and Joe Whisenhunt absent.

The $500,000 will be used to renovate laboratories and buy computers and other equipment for the simulation center.

"If you drill down into the bedrock of Conway and Faulkner County, you find Nabholz," UCA President Tom Courtway said in a news release. "They have a great commitment not only to this community but to institutions of higher education with their integrity, their support and their character."

The simulation lab will be used by UCA nursing students predominantly, but will also be open to occupational therapy, psychology and physical therapy students.

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