CSAT honors generous supporters during the Center for the Sciences ribbon cutting

The new periodic table coffee table, donated by Chemistry alumnus Mark Hanna ’84 and his wife Cindy.

After the ribbon was cut on the College of Science and Technology’s (CSAT) new Center for the Sciences, Dean Orion Rogers honored those who have named spaces in the building through financial support.

Chemistry alumnus Mark Hanna ’84 and his wife Cindy donated a $10,000 gift to purchase a periodic table coffee table in the foyer of the building, which was unveiled during the festivities. The table is a hands-on teaching tool for Radford University students and community guests. Enclosed in the table’s illuminated glass are samples of each of the periodic table elements. Mark Hanna said that it was important to him and his wife to make a difference and contribute to the learning that happens in this center. “I really can’t thank Radford University enough for all they have given me. It’s my pleasure to give back,” said Mark.

The College also unveiled two laboratories, the Novozymes Bioinnovation and Teaching Laboratory and the Artis Computing Laboratory for the Biological Sciences. International bio innovation company Novozymes Biologicals donated $50,000 in support of its named laboratory. Pat and Nancy ’73 Artis donated $50,000 to outfit their computer laboratory with software specifically for the biological sciences.

Dean Orion Rogers, President Hemphill and Pat and Nancy ’73 Artis in front of the new Artis Computing Laboratory for the Biological Sciences.

“This building, The Center for the Sciences, is an investment in dreams of current and future students who want to pursue careers in the sciences. These classrooms and other facilities provide Radford students the means to prepare for their future in the Commonwealth,” said biology alumnus and dedicated CSAT supporter Nancy Artis ’73.

Pat Artis said that the center is more than a building that provides space for students to study. “It inspires the students that come here to achieve things that they never believed would be possible. Our objective in funding this computing lab was to provide them more of the facilities to achieve those dreams,” said Pat Artis.

Center for the Sciences Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Radford University formally celebrated the opening of the Center for the Sciences on Oct. 14, 2016.

Oct 17, 2016
Ann Brown