From the Manchester College Archives

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Crowd gathers to put spade

to $17 million Science Center

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2003) -- More than 300 people - including faculty, students, trustees, staff, townsfolk and 160 benefactors - gathered Friday, Nov. 14 to give thanks and turn a shovel of earth to celebrate the groundbreaking on a $17 million Science Center at Manchester College. The wind was brisk but the smiles were warm and wide.

"This accomplishment is made possible by great offering of finances and spirit," college President Parker G. Marden told the crowd. "So many have given generously in some combination of their time, talent and treasure. Some have done so sacrificially."

The philanthropists include Lilly Endowment Inc. Manchester College will not go into debt or raise tuition to pay for construction of the 85,600-square-foot Science Center - the largest building in the history of the college. The college will pay cash, Marden said. General contractor R.L. Turner Corp. of Indianapolis already has begun moving equipment onto campus, aiming toward a summer 2005 completion.

While Manchester College is building a new facility, it builds on an already sturdy science program, one rich in accomplishment - from nationally recognized medical school admission rates to graduating the inventor of Teflon (Dr. Roy J. Plunkett) to a Nobel Prize winner (Dr. Paul J. Flory).  Scores of science teachers, scientists, environmentalists, and medical and psychology professionals got their start at Manchester College.

"Even in a 40-year-old facility, our program measures up and even surpasses those offered in bigger universities with bigger, better facilities," said senior biology chemistry major Amy Minnicus of Delphi, Ind., to applause.  "The professors and the students here are committed to their work, whether that is teaching, learning, or both.  I am awed at the willingness of our professors to go beyond their duties to help students learn.  I am also amazed at the hours of hard work that students put into their classes. I am impressed with what we have been able to do with the resources we have had to this point.  The new building will strengthen an already solid program by allowing us to reach our full potential."

All students attending Manchester College must complete science coursework to graduate. The independent liberal arts college has 1,170 students from 29 states and 33 countries. For more information about the college, visit, where you also can click on a live 24-hour web cam of the Science Center construction site.





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