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Cornerstone ceremony

Barry McNamara
08/10/2011
Center for Science and Business
Monmouth College officials believe that a new era of academic excellence will be symbolized on Aug. 20, when a cornerstone dedication ceremony for the Center for Science and Business will be held. The event will begin at 1 p.m. on the Wallace Hall lawn.

State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) will provide the keynote address. Also speaking will be David Byrnes ’72, chairman of MC’s board of trustees; art professor Stacy Lotz, president of Faculty Senate; and senior Alex Holt of Evanston, president of the Associated Students of Monmouth College.

Other state dignitaries who will be in attendance include state representatives Noreen Hammond (R-Macomb) and Jil Tracy (R-Quincy). A reception will follow the ceremony at 2 p.m. in Poling Hall.

Byrnes, who with his wife, Libby, made an initial $5.5 million contribution to the $40 million project, has since increased his gift. He believes that in an increasingly complex globalized economy, scientists and technologists will need to have a basic understanding of business and marketing, while business professionals will need to understand the science behind product development and electronic communication.

“By having a major building on campus designed to specifically facilitate discussion and collaboration among students and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines,” he explained, “we are sending a message to students and parents that Monmouth is an innovator in liberal arts education and has an eye on the future success of its graduates.”

The 136,000-square-foot Center for Science and Business is being built in the 700 block of East Broadway, just south of Archer Ave. Designed by the award-winning international architecture firm Burt Hill, it is scheduled to be ready for occupancy by the fall of 2013.

The cornerstone ceremony will be part of a busy day on campus. Most of the college’s new students will be moving in during the morning and early afternoon, leading up to the traditional matriculation ceremony at 4 p.m. on the Wallace Hall lawn.

Some of the new students actually arrived at the beginning of August, and the work they did during their three-week SOFIA (Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activities) program will be exhibited on the main concourse of the Huff Athletic Center, beginning at 1:30 p.m.