On Thursday, April 12, the St. Edward’s University community attended a preview party for the newest academic building to be constructed on campus, the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South, which will open in Fall 2013. The event was held in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–North.
The South Building, which will house the Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and general science education programs, will complete the university’s natural sciences complex and provide opportunities for all students to increase mathematic and scientific literacy, while supporting collaboration across disciplines. The facility will feature 13 classrooms, advanced computer and math labs, and a 126-seat auditorium. It will offer new research opportunities for projects in diverse areas such as robotics, environmental science, forensics and medicine.
The preview party began on the lawn of the North Building. Guests gathered to hear President George E. Martin and School of Natural Sciences Dean Thomas Mitzel give brief remarks followed by a special blessing by Father Richard Wilkinson.
Attendees viewed renderings of the new South Building and interacted with Computer Science and Mathematics students who provided interactive games. They also enjoyed music by the St. Edward’s Jazz Band and refreshments.
Completion of the science center marks an important milestone in the university’s Strategic Plan 2015 and its commitment to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century world.
See photos from the event.