Alden Trust Awards Springfield College $150,000 To Help Renovate Schoo HallDecember 14, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 14, 2005 -- Springfield College has received a gift of $150,000 from the George I. Alden Trust toward the renovation and expansion of Schoo Hall into a state-of-the-art science teaching facility.
In announcing the new funding, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said, “Preparing students for the science careers of tomorrow demands that we constantly advance our learning environment to stimulate student and faculty exploration and discovery, and equip our facilities with the latest technology. We are grateful to the George I. Alden Trust for this gift that will help us to remain on the cutting edge in educating tomorrow’s leaders in science-related fields.”
The gift will support construction of a new science laboratory/classroom suite as part of the complete renovation and expansion of Schoo Hall. More than 85 percent of Springfield College’s 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students take courses in the sciences as a requirement of their academic major or minor areas of study. Such students are preparing for careers as physicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, athletic trainers, biologists, environmental scientists, science educators, physical educators, and more. The project is targeted for completion in early 2007.
Enrollment in Springfield College’s health and life sciences programs is growing. Earlier this year, the college received state approval to offer a doctoral program in physical therapy. It also established the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies to structure and expand its longstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in the health sciences. Since 2002, the college also has formed agreements with several medical schools which guarantee early acceptance of qualified Springfield College graduates.
Renovation plans for Schoo Hall will follow guidelines of the National Science Foundation’s Project Kaleidoscope, which identified characteristics of effective undergraduate programs. The building will facilitate hands-on, investigative learning that makes science personally meaningful by connecting it to students’ personal experiences and other fields of learning. Faculty members will conduct research, often involving students, in the building.
Funding for the Schoo Hall renovation is one objective of Springfield College’s current $40 million campaign, “Leadership for the 21st Century.” The college announced the campaign earlier this year and has raised more than $21 million. In addition to renovating Schoo Hall, the college plans to construct a new campus union, field house, and wellness center. The campaign also will support additions and improvements to academic programs and a range of current and future needs.