The Sciences come to life

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Sydney Hilmon | shilmon@radford.edu

One of Radford University’s newest buildings, the Center for the Sciences, has been open since the beginning of last semester. However, on October 14 students and faculty were finally able to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the official opening the building.

Orion Rogers, the Dean of the College of Science and Technology, kicked off the ceremony by welcoming the students, alumni, state and local government officials and advisory boards. Roger listed the many new attributes of the science center, explaining how he had dedicated each floor. He also wowed the audience by disclosing the amount of glass and many feet of electrical wiring that went into the creating the towering structure.

Next up to speak was Jean Mistele, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of the Department of Math and Statistics. Her speech was in honor of the new building.

Next up, senior Hanna Mitchell of the class of 2017 got up to speak. A biology and mathematics double major, Mitchell gushed about how happy she was to be able to spend her class time, working in the beautiful building. She spoke on behalf of the students that will make this place their “home,” drawing the interest of her peers with her relatable speech on what it means to major in the sciences. She exclaimed that she was excited about “living” in the new building– a sentiment that touches base with all students so passionate about their field of study that they spend more time in their designated building than their dormitories or apartments.

Next up to speak was none other than Radford University’s seventh president, President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. He called for a round of applause for President Kyle for having raised funds to make the magnificent building a reality.

Robert Graham, Superintendent of Radford City School, also made an appearance before Dean Rogers made a return to the podium, explaining how he was working with colleagues to help get the building running. He then wrapped up the speech by inviting the honored guests to take a tour of the new facility, allowing them to see firsthand the buildings features.

After all of the speakers had finished, the ribbon was officially cut, opening the Center for the Sciences building. The audience was then invited to take a look at the unique, state-of-the-art equipment in the building.

They unveiled the Periodic Coffee Table, Novozymes Bio-innovation and Teaching Laboratory, and the Artis Computing Laboratory for the Biological Sciences. Many of the alumni, parents and students were excited to see the new technological advancements that the building had to offer as well as the new planetarium and labs for the chemistry and biology majors.

The Center for the Sciences is one of the most technologically advanced on campus, along with Kyle Hall (formerly know as the College of Business and Economics or simply, COBE) and the brand new, as of Fall 2016, Center for the Humanities and Behavioral Sciences building.