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Board Green Lights New Science Building; Students and Faculty Honored

The Stockton Board of Trustees move into their new Campus Center and move on to a new project. Faculty and students are also honored.

At its first meeting in the new Campus Center, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution to proceed with the new proposed Unified Science Center.

The proposed 66,000-square-foot science building will complement the new 154,000-square-foot Campus Center.

For the past month, Stockton has been reviewing 14 bids ranging from $24.786 million to $29.995 million. Now that they have the official approval of the board of trustees, the project will be underway

“We’ll probably pick a bidder by the end of this week,” said Stockton Vice President of Administration and Finance Donald Moore.

The school’s dean of natural math and sciences, Dennis Weiss, expressed his gratitude during the public portion of the meeting. 

“Thank you for moving forward with the Science Center,” said Weiss.

Though the proposed building will occupy Lot 4, College President Herman J. Saatkampt and Moore do not expect any parking issues.

The new Green parking lot between the current Big Blue lot and Vera King Ferris Drive will offset the amount of parking spaces.  The school also provides a shuttle bus from the north lots in case the main lots are full. 

“I’ve never had to use the shuttle,” commented Public Relations Director Tim Kelly.

Aside from the new building, faculty and students received honors, including charter member Robert Helsabeck who recently announced his plans to retire after the 2011-2012 academic year.

“We went through some tumultuous times in the beginning,” said Helsabeck.  “I’m very hopeful for this school’s future.”

The following Stockton students were recognized for the Distinguished Fellowship Award: Volha Autukhovich (Literature), Philip M. Bennett (Literature), William B. Bradford (Geology), Sviatiana I. Fenichel (Literature), Sarah Justus (Geology), Micah Loverro (Mathematics), Jenna McCoy (Literature), James Pomar (Literature), John J. Rowan (Biology), Brittany N. Strevell (Biology), and Sean Taylor (Communications).

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