Newman University Dedicates Bishop Gerber Science Center

Last week, Newman University in Wichita, Kansas dedicated the largest project ever developed on campus – the Bishop Gerber Science Center. On the evening of September 21, hundreds of Newman community members, friends, and supporters gathered outside the building to celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art facility.

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The 52,400-square-foot building is home to the chemistry, biology, and physics programs, and includes five faculty and student research laboratories. Upgrades to Eck Hall include a nursing lab with two intensive care simulation suites, a nurse anesthesia task training room with two operating room simulation suites, and a respiratory care classroom and lab.

“The Bishop Gerber Science Center is everything we expected and 10 times more, maybe 100 times,” said Vivian Hoang, president of the Student Government Association.

“Our science program has always been top notch,” said Hoang, “and now we have a building that has caught up to it.

“The students are loving the open study spaces, the whiteboard walls, the comfy chairs, and the windows. Who knew you can do science and enjoy sunlight, too? It’s a marvel what this building has done for us and will do for us. The new technology and equipment that has come in is truly revolutionizing the way we are being taught and increasing the advancement of our lab experiments.”

Photo courtesy Newman University

Read more from students, faculty, and staff about their excitement for the new Bishop Gerber Science Center in a recent Newman Today article.

The Wichita Eagle offers a perspective on the benefits of the Bishop Gerber Science Center to the larger community in the article, “New building, renovations bring ‘leading edge’ to Newman”.

An eager look into the future and a thoughtful reflection on the past, Newman Today recaps the dedication celebration in the article “Dedication ceremony celebrates the future”.

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