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Science is a verb

at Manchester College.


It’s a tradition.

Ask any of the 190 science students, or their faculty members, grinning with excitement over the roomy $17 million Science Center that opened for classes Aug. 31.

They are striding into the large, bright laboratories, classrooms and Flory Auditorium. They are stretching their legs out in comfortable study areas throughout the building. They are talking about the ever-changing colors cast by the dazzling 2 story artwork in the towering Physician’s Atrium. They are doing science.

Friday, Sept. 16, hundreds of alumni, friends and officials will see for themselves when they travel from throughout the United States to join the dedication of the Science Center at 3:30 p.m.

The festivities follow a daylong symposium of presentations about science education and its manifestation in the Science Center. Response is so tremendous, the symposiums must be held in the larger Cordier Auditorium, next door to the Science Center. Registration for the symposiums is at 10 a.m. Click here for Symposium schedule.

The speakers include:

Jeanne L. Narum, founding director of Project Kaleidoscope, a national alliance working to build strong learning environments for undergraduate students in math, engineering and science.

Alumnus Gene E. Likens, founder of the Institute of Ecosystems Studies, who with his colleagues discovered acid rain in North America.

Alumna Jane E. Henney, M.D., former Commissioner of Food and Drugs of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Also addressing the anticipated large crowd will be Science Center architect Andrew Costlow, Physicians Atrium glass artist Kenneth vonRoenn, and the College’s building “shepherd,” James T. Streator, professor emeritus of chemistry.

The Science Center, 13 years in the planning, was construction without debt through the generosity of 682 donors, including Lilly Endowment Inc.

The award-winning building provides much room for science, with 60 fume hoods lining laboratories, scores of fully-equipped lab tables, walk-in constant-temperature chambers, a special room for beakers and other glassware, and massive cases for specimens. The space within is adaptable, from small labs for faculty-student research projects to large bright laboratories, from comfortable study areas to lecture rooms designed for communicating and note-taking. All are faculty- and student-inspired.

Mathematics and physics classrooms and labs are on the first floor, biology is on the second floor and chemistry takes up the third floor, with the physical plant of the building. On each floor, faculty offices face the campus mall. A three-section greenhouse is on the third floor, within the Physicians Atrium.

And, while the Science Center is a dynamic teaching space filled with equipment and tools for the hands-on study of the sciences, other disciplines – from business to history to English to psychology – also are learning in its classrooms.

The south end of the building contains the 150-seat Flory Auditorium and classrooms/seminar rooms that even can be separated from the science wing, offering private meeting opportunities for the community and summer conferences. (Larger science classrooms also are located at the north end of the science wing.)

Casting spectacular colors within the Physicians Atrium is a 2-story aluminum, stainless steel and dichroic acrylic sculpture of international glass artist Kenneth vonRoenn Jr. of Architectural Glass Art Inc. of Louisville, Ky.  The 50-foot sculpture puts on a mesmerizing light show that changes depending on the position of the viewer and the position of the sun. It is art in harmony with structure, glass animated with light.

Already, the three-story Science Center is award-winning.  Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana will present general contractor R.L. Turner Corp. of Indianapolis with its Award of Excellence for Construction on Sept. 28.

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