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MSMU Unveils $6-Million Worth of Renovations to Science Facilities

Oct. 26, 2007 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) celebrates the completion of extensive renovations and expansions of science facilities totaling $6 million which are primarily housed in the newly-named St. Joseph Administration and Seaver Science Center. A dedication ceremony to unveil the new facilities and honor supporting donors will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 at the College's West Los Angeles campus at 12001 Chalon Road in Los Angeles.

"Science education is one of the top educational priorities of the college," Dr. Jacqueline Powers Doud, MSMU president. "And the new facilities and equipment we now have available to our students will enable the Mount to attract additional undergraduate students to the sciences, and to attract and retain distinguished faculty to inform and inspire these scientific leaders of tomorrow."

The Frank. R Seaver Trust funded a comprehensive renovation of the science facilities at both of Mount St. Mary's campuses. At the new Seaver Science Center, the College was able to renovate almost every classroom and lab on the Physical Sciences Floor and the Biological Sciences Floor. This includes the upgrade of the Physics Lab and the Instrumentation Lab, the expansion of the Photolysis Lab, and the creation of the Neurological Plasticity and Aging Lab as well as the Molecular Biology Research Lab. The Seaver Trust also provided funds for large-scale improvements throughout the science center to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The College also welcomes the newly-created Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Quantitative Resource Center, made possible by a gift from the Parsons Foundation. The foundation additionally funded the new Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Anatomy Lab, which is being used by MSMU's physical therapy doctoral students at the College's Doheny Campus near downtown Los Angeles.

The science center on the Chalon Campus also now houses the new Carla and Hank Bowman Microbiology Laboratory as well as the Denault-Loring Laboratory of Chemical Science. In addition, the College will be receiving funding for the new Loring-Denault Endowed Chair in Chemistry and the new Denault-Loring Research Fellow. Karl Loring has been a trustee of the College since 2002 and is a retired partner of Ernst & Young. Karl. Genevieve Castellanos Denault, an alumnae and regent of the College, is a retired executive of The Aerospace Corporation. Hank Bowman made his gift in honor of his late wife, Carla Wright, who was a member of the Class of 1955.

"The education and research taking place in these new facilities will help the College educate a new generation of women scientists who will be motivated and prepared to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems," said President Doud.

Monday's dedication ceremony is one of several planned during the 2007-08 academic year. The dedications celebrate the completion of capital projects funded through the College's Invest in the Mount campaign. The College kicked off a $45 million comprehensive campaign in January 2005. As of September 30, 2007, the College had already raised more than $46 million. "The transforming effect of our campaign is highly visible on both campuses," noted President Doud.




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