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|Cornerstone Unveiled for Monmouth College Expansion
|FIRST REPORTED 6:30am 8/21/11 The next piece in what is being called "a new academic era at Monmouth College" is being put into place.
On what was the first day of students being on campus, officials Saturday unveiled the cornerstone for the new $40 million Science and Business Center being built at the college. It will be the first time the two departments will be under the same roof.
Monmouth College Board of Trustees Chair David Byrnes pledged $5.5 million toward the project himself and says the new building sends an important message.
"We don't celebrate often enough," Byrnes said. "We have a lot to celebrate here [Saturday]. It's great we can come together and do this. But the building will also serve as a reminder of our commitment to reach the next level in our pursuit of academic excellence. The new facility will move us closer to that goal."
Others at Saturday's ceremony say that coupled with recently-built athletic facilities, the new academic facility will send a message that Monmouth College is an innovator.
The new Science and Business Center, which also received money under the state capital construction program, should be completed in two years.
(Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler, left, and Board of Trustees Chairperson David Byrnes unveil the cornerstore Saturday afternoon.)
(Left to right: Dr. Don Capener, Vice President for Strategic Planning; Mauri Ditzler, Monmouth College president; Alex Holt, Student Body president; David Byrnes, Board of Trustees Chairman; State Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville; Stacy Lotz, Faculty Senate president; Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott, Chaplain.)
(A look at the site near Broadway and 7th Streets in Monmouth where the new Science and Business Center will be built. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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