Donnelly Science Center addition opens

By Courtney Jolley  |  Photo by David Rehor
A student showing off the new building

As parents arrived at the Evergreen campus Sept. 30 to visit their undergraduate sons and daughters for Family Weekend, an inspiring sight greeted them—the completed Donnelly Science Center addition and renovation.

The transformed building, newly blessed by the Most Reverend Denis Madden, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, played host that weekend to a variety of events designed to showcase its new labs, classrooms, robotics and microscopy facilities, meeting spaces, and other features. On Friday, Loyola’s Hauber Fellows—undergraduates who spent this past summer advancing their own original research projects—delivered poster presentations discussing the outcomes of their work. Saturday offered panel discussions among Loyola alumni working in healthcare and technology.

Strengthening its programs in the natural sciences is a key element of Loyola’s strategic plan, and enhancing the Donnelly Science Center marks a major step forward in this effort.

“It can be difficult for those who have been out of school for a while to truly understand the importance of space in the learning process,” said Rev. James J. Miracky, S.J., dean of Loyola College, the University’s school of arts and sciences, at the facility’s opening. “We know that the solutions to our most urgent problems lie in the combined efforts of people of a wide range of experience and perspectives. Our students need the opportunity to engage in this type of collaboration early in their academic years—to reach the point where working with colleagues within their discipline and across many others becomes an instinctive part of their process. This facility was designed to encourage that approach to scientific exploration.

Its expansive hallways and meeting spaces invite gathering, idea sharing, and the building of supportive, collegial relationships. We see the Donnelly Science Center as much more than a building—it’s a true center for scientific exploration, discovery, and the creation of a thriving community of intellectually curious scholars.”

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