Ribbon-cutting, open house to celebrate new $21 million science facilities

Ribbon-cutting, open house to celebrate new $21 million science facilities

Feb. 3, 2017

A ribbon cutting for the new laboratory sciences facility and renovated Callaway Science Building will be held at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 on the corner of Vernon Street and College Avenue. It will be followed by an open house at both locations until 6 p.m.

President Dan McAlexander said he can’t wait for the community to get a look at the new spaces.

“I think they will be impressed with the state-of-the-art labs and classrooms that are now available to our students,” he said. “Everything is designed to enhance the student learning experience in class, in the halls or while working with faculty members.”

A naming ceremony will be held Feb. 16, when the name of the new lab sciences facility will be announced.

The new building houses laboratories for Biology, Ecology, Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, as well as research space and offices for science faculty.

The current science building contains a modern classroom learning environment for science and mathematics students. It will continue to serve as classroom space for all of the sciences and as home for Computational Mathematics and Physics.

Both facilities include “soft” learning spaces and community areas where students can gather, compare notes, study, socialize and interact with their professors outside the classroom.

Dr. Nickie Cauthen, Chair of the Sciences Department, said she is excited about the up-to-date laboratory equipment.

“In the new building, we have a special chemistry instrumentation room and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance equipment that will allow our students more opportunities for study and research,” she said.

A new computer in Mathematics will allow students to mirror the latest in scientific research trends, said Dr. Greg McClanahan, Chair of the department.

“Our Computational Math lab in Callaway Science has a high-performance computer that will help students pursue multiple undergraduate research projects in experimenting with and mathematically modeling a wide array of interdisciplinary inquiry,” he said. “They will be able to use mathematical modelling to explore potential outcomes.”

Senior Jacob Gaetanos is a pre-med student, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. He said he’s walked around inside the new laboratory sciences building “countless times.”

“It is absolutely amazing to be in this giant new building with tons of space to learn and study,” he said. “The classroom/labs are so spacious and the resources for us to learn are incredible.”

McAlexander said the new facilities also offer great possibilities for the future.

“We expect these laboratories and instructional spaces will prompt faculty to imagine and implement new instructional opportunities, leading to the design of new courses and degree programs,” he said. “I’m excited to see where we go from here.”

Alumni and friends who make a gift of $2,020 (inspired by the Vision 2020 strategic plan) to the college’s current fundraising campaign will be recognized on this glass wall inside the new laboratory sciences building. Learn more at http://www.lagrange.edu/promise.

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