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Franklin College Board of Trustees Approves Campus Science Center Project

Faculty and Student in Science LabThe Franklin College Board of Trustees approved moving forward on the construction and redevelopment of a campus science center at their fall board meeting on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

“This is a tremendously exciting time in the history of the college,” said Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D., Franklin College President. “The college embraces its responsibility to prepare graduates to become stronger leaders in the science sector and to invigorate our region’s economic and cultural future.  We are grateful for the remarkable philanthropy of our trustees, alumni, friends and organizations who have given so generously for this project to date.  We look forward to engaging additional support for this critical project to complete the campaign for the sciences.”

Through extensive interviews with Indiana business and science leaders and national science associations, the science faculty reinvented the curriculum in 2011, aligning it more closely with the growing demands of the industry. The college also launched a master’s degree program in athletic training just this summer, and plans are underway to offer a master’s degree program in physician assistant studies.

“The renovated and expanded science facility, coupled with our “learning science by doing science” curriculum, will engage students in project-based learning, cross-functional collaboration, research opportunities as early as the freshman year, and sharpened oral and written scientific communication skills,” said Steve Browder, Franklin College professor of biology and division head of natural sciences.  “Graduates with these kinds of educational experiences and training are highly sought after by employers and graduate schools.”

“Indiana is a national leader in the life sciences industry,” said Franklin College Board Chair Christi Fields.  “Renovating and expanding Barnes Hall will enable Franklin College to help meet the increasing science education demands of the 21st century, allowing our students to be leaders in a new generation of scientists.”

The college anticipates breaking ground in May and launching construction no later than June 2017.  The goal is to move instruction into the new facility in fall 2018.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Students enjoy the comfort and safety of suburban living, while also experiencing the many opportunities Indianapolis has to offer with only a short 20-minute drive to downtown. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its more than 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 50 majors from 24 academic disciplines, 42 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and five cooperative programs. The college also offers a Master of Science degree in athletic training.  In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College has historically maintained an affiliation with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

(Posted Oct. 8, 2016)

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