Stonehill Plans $34M Building
BOSTON gLOBE SOUTH
EASTON
BY JOHN LAIDLER, GLOBE CORRESONDENT
JUNE 14, 2007


On September 27, trustees, students, faculty and alumni dug the first shovelfuls of soil to signal the start of construction of Stonehill College’s new Science Center.

“This is an important moment in the College’s history,” President Mark Cregan, C.S.C., told the audience gathered outside the Martin Institute, which is adjacent to the site of the $34 million, 89,000-square-foot Science Center. College officials anticipate a 2009 completion for the building.

“This is the first time Stonehill has constructed a building solely for the sciences. The new Science Center will be a first-class facility where faculty and students can practice 21st century pedagogy in the sciences,” he added.

Noted cancer researcher Marsha Moses ’75 who has championed this project since its inception, spoke on behalf of the Trustees.

“This Science Center will be the signature space for our entire campus, welcoming and engaging students of all majors to meet, to learn and to experiment,” said Moses, who is a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Cancer Research Lab of Boston Children's Hospital.

“It will symbolize the rich intellectual environment that we have created to educate and nurture the bright and motivated students that Stonehill attracts and the accomplished and committed faculty who teach them. It will ensure that our students can meet the needs of the 21st century—in scientific literacy, in biomedical science, in biotechnology and in medicine.” Prof. Maria Curtin

“We have outstanding students who work hard and are excited about their careers and their future,” added Associate Professor of Chemistry Maria Curtin, left, who serves as faculty representative on the building project. 

“The new Science Center will allow us to go even further on our mission to educate students with state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms and will provide space conducive to more collaboration between the sciences and other disciplines as we pursue our common goals,” she added.

Amy Chapin '08Biology major Amy Churchill ’08, right, addressed the gathering on behalf of science students.

“It is important to note that this new building is not only for science students, it will also offer students much more than a modern and newly equipped laboratory space. In this future building, there will be a location for students to gather for group or club meetings, class activities, regular homework space, or even just socializing while enjoying the new café,” Churchill explained.

Following the remarks, Rev. Francis Hurley, C.S.C., a professor emeritus known as the “Father of Biology at Stonehill,” removed the first scoop of dirt from the foundation site. 

Then, shovels in hand, the dignitaries broke ground for the sciences and for Stonehill College.

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