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|Monmouth College Dedicates New Building
|In a somewhat chilly outdoor ceremony on Friday, Monmouth College dedicated their new, $40-million building.
The facility combines the departments of science and business in what college administrators hope will lead to a future synergy of their efforts.
Tours were offered beforehand where students and donors alike got the opportunity to see the inside of the building in its completed form.
The Center for Science and Business, as it's called, is the first academic building the college has dedicated in 40 years.
Monmouth College President Mauri Ditzler, while addressing those in attendance, pointed to a banner that said the building marks a new era at the college.
"I like the sense of excitement that accompanies this bold proclamation," says Ditzler. "It reflects our audacious dream, for Monmouth College: good enough isn't good enough. Whatever we have done before, no matter how good, we want to do better tomorrow."
A brief soil pouring ceremony marked what college officials hope is a melting together of the disciplines. Monmouth College student Donasia Rasheed says that, to her, the building is no surprise.
"Students have previously encountered Monmouth's serious focus on integration of learning," says Rasheed. "Now this focus has physically manifested itself in our new building where science and business will co-exist."
Future students who will be learning inside the facility were asked to bring soil from their place of birth and mix it into the landscaping.
The College said their success is largely due to persistence in their fundraising. Chairman of the Monmouth Board of Trustees William Goldsborough says scientists need a practical application.
"There, they'll be dealing with accountants, finance people, marketing people, so it's very helpful for men and women of science to have some idea of what's going on in the world of business," says Goldsborough. "Likewise, business people need to know what's going on in the sciences."
The building joins recent library and chapel renovations. A floor of the building was named after a recently deceased professor at the college.
|05 10 13 by Newsroom
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