Houghton College Paine Science Center Construction

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Houghton College marked the beginning of construction on the Paine Science Center and thanked donors whose gifts funded the first phase of a crucial project that will have an immediate benefit to the college’s continued commitment to excellence in the sciences.

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There are two words that come to mind as we gather together for this celebration – imagination and gratitude. Knowing that Houghton College, while being a small educational institution, can make a very large difference in the world.

Houghton College Homecoming and Family Weekend 2010 was the perfect opportunity to welcome science alumni and donors back to campus for a celebration to introduce them to the changes that will take place within the Paine Science Center over the next ten months.

The college marked the beginning of construction on the Paine Science Center and thanked donors whose gifts funded the first phase of a crucial project that will have an immediate benefit to the college’s continued commitment to excellence in the sciences. Remarks on the improvements being made to the Paine Science Center were given by President Shirley A. Mullen ’76, Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Keith Horn ’75, Dr. Alan Johnson ’53, and Principal Architect, Payette Associates, Mr. George Marsh.

“Today we are celebrating the generosity of our donors as they have made our dreams come true,” stated Dr. Keith Horn ’75. “It has been 41 years since the Paine Science Center was originally built. With more than 250 students currently majoring in the sciences at Houghton College, we must provide them resources and training so that they are equipped to manage the difficult moral and ethical issues faced within the sciences today.”

This approximately 18,000 sq. ft. enhancement of the Paine Science Center will significantly impact the teaching of the sciences at Houghton through the creation of additional spaces for collaborative research, through the transformation of traditional classrooms into spaces designed for new teaching pedagogies that utilize integrated labs and lectures, and through the addition of space for the study of Biology, Biochemistry, Math, Computer Science and Physics, among many other improvements. Work will be underway in the spring of 2011 and be completed in time for the start of classes in the fall.

“There are two words that come to mind as we gather together for this celebration – imagination and gratitude. Knowing that Houghton College, while being a small educational institution, can make a very large difference in the world,” commented President Shirley A. Mullen ’76. “We are also grateful that we will now have the facilities to match the quality of our faculty and that of our students. I task each of us to sustain this imagination as go forward with this project.”

The college’s science programs have long been ground breaking with an impressive history of educating cardiologists, epidemiologists, dentists, chemists, veterinarians, biologists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and ecologists. The current facilities upgrade will ensure that future generations of Houghton scientists have access to the resources they need: dynamic, committed faculty; collaborative research opportunities; medical and graduate school preparation; cutting-edge laboratories.

“I am humbled and grateful to be part of this occasion,” remarked Dr. Alan Johnson ’53, a major donor to the project. “The faculty here at Houghton College are tremendous – they guided me during my time at the college and continue to be focused, driven and Christ-centered.”

Houghton science students are taught to explore, think, and ask questions that lead to further inquiry. Combining disciplines is common, and experimenting, investigating and probing are expected. Above all, Houghton students merge their love of science with their Christian faith in a way that prepares them to serve others by solving real-world problems. Their lives are proof of our claims.

Participating in the ceremonial demolition of one wall within the science center were: President Shirley A. Mullen ’76, Dr. Keith Horn ’75, Mr. David White ’79, Dr. Alan Johnson ’53, Mr. George Marsh, Dr. Jonathan Sastic ’75, Dr. Lois Sastic ’75, Dr. Ronald Mahurin, Mr. Richard “Jake” Jacobson, Dr. Christopher Wells ’05, and Mr. Joshua Wallace ’11.

At Houghton College, we prepare our students to become global contributors empowered by a challenging education, taught in a vibrant community, and grounded in a relevant faith-based context. The college of 1,200 students is located in Western New York, just 65 miles from Rochester and Buffalo. For more information, please visit http://www.houghton.edu.    

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