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Manchester College

groundbreaking is Friday

 NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Nov. 11, 2003) - Hundreds of celebrants - donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff and other friends of Manchester College - will gather for the groundbreaking Friday, Nov. 14 for a $17 million Science Center.

The ceremony begins at noon, in hopes of giving everybody who wishes, opportunity to turn a shovelful of ground on the construction site, just north of Funderburg Library on the mall of the northern Indiana campus. The event is expected to last a half-hour.

General contractor R.L. Turner Corp. of Indianapolis will begin immediately to clear ground, but will await spring for major construction. At more than 85,600 square feet, the state-of-the-art Science Center will be the largest structure in the history of the college and home to biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, math and computer science studies. Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2005.

 The Science Center - more than 10 years in planning and fund development - will not carry debt: The college will pay cash from the generous support of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and the Lilly Endowment Inc. It will replace Holl-Kintner Hall of Science, built 44 years ago. Holl-Kintner will continue in use, as classrooms and offices for other academic departments.

The independent, liberal arts Manchester College offers more than 45 areas of study to 1,170 students from 29 states and 33 countries. For more information about Manchester College, visit the web site at




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