New science building in planning stages

By Cheryl Wagstaff
February 14, 2002

photo by Trevor Daniels

There are plans to break ground on the new Science, Education and Technology building in 2003.

The new building will be connected to the east side of Founder’s Hall. The college plans to break ground in the spring of 2003 and open in the fall of 2004.

The cost of the building has not been released. However, Dr. Jonnie Guerra was quick to point out that, “Buildings like this are not cheap, but they are well worth the expense.”

The estimate that was given to the college was based on the cost per square foot. That estimate could change depending on the particulars of the building that the college has not decided on yet.

The overall feeling in the science department is that the building has been needed for a while. Sophomore Jennifer Howitz said, “The biology labs are on the older side, and the chemistry lab is small and not well ventilated.”

The teachers are also excited about the new facility. The new and updated equipment, larger facilities and better lab and lecture accommodations are some of the reasons why they are looking forward to the new building.

Although Howitz may not get the chance to use the new facilities she says, “I am excited about it for the future students. I just wish that they considered this a long time ago. It is good to see that the science department is growing.”

One reason why the new building was not built a long time ago may be because there are not many science majors. In the class of 2004 there are about eight biology majors.

The new building may entice future students to come to Cabrini as science majors.

The new communications facility has proven to be very attractive to prospective students. Hopes are that the new science building will be just as attractive to students as the communications facility.

Howitz hopes that along with the new building comes more full time faculty. She hopes that with more faculty come more classes. It is tough for biology majors to take all of the classes necessary because classes are not offered at a number of different times.

Another plus for the science department is that they will not have to share their facilities with other departments as much.

There are high hopes for the new science building. If all goes as planned the students will be able to use it by the fall of 2004.

The new facilities will allow students to get the best education available due to the modern equipment and the first rate facilities.

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