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Springfield College to Dedicate Renovated Schoo-Bemis Science Center, Hickory Hall

September 25, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 25, 2007 -- Springfield College will dedicate and rename two buildings, newly renovated into state-of-the-art academic facilities, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, at noon, on the campus. Schoo Hall will become the Schoo-Bemis Science Center, and Bemis Hall will become Hickory Hall.

Announcing the upcoming dedications, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said, “Preparing students to become leaders in the careers of tomorrow demands that we constantly advance our learning environment. These facilities, newly renovated with the latest technology, are essential to facilitating the delivery of our high-quality academic programs that equip students with the latest knowledge and skills.” More than 85 percent of Springfield College’s 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students take science courses as a requirement of their academic major or minor areas of study. The renovation of the expanded Schoo-Bemis Science Center, which houses programs in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science, includes laboratories, instrumentation rooms, research space, a hazardous chemicals waste area, a chemical and equipment stockroom, preparation areas, computer classrooms, faculty offices, and an atrium lounge. The renovation and expansion follows guidelines of the National Science Foundation’s Project Kaleidoscope, which showed that effective undergraduate programs foster hands-on investigative learning.

Hickory Hall, formerly Bemis Hall, is completely renovated into the college’s premiere technology enhanced classroom building for academic programs in various subjects. The 17,000-square-foot building contains an 80-seat semi-circular lecture hall, seven classrooms, each with capacity for 30 to 50 students, offices of the dean of the college’s School of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies, and an Academic Success Center.

At the Academic Success Center, students receive comprehensive learning assistance tailored to their individual learning styles and abilities. Services include tutoring, testing, assessment for potential success in specific disciplines, referral, and instruction in study skills, time management, and other subjects. Programs also support students from various language backgrounds and cultures, and students with disabilities.

The Schoo-Bemis Science Center renovation was funded through the college’s $40 million campaign, “Leadership for the 21st Century.” To date, the college has raised over $33.5 million. In other construction through the campaign, the college broke ground in May for a new wellness center and a new field house, scheduled to open in August 2008. Plans are also being currently developed to construct a new campus union.

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