(L-R) Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, Dr. Charles Crowder, Associate Professor of Physics, Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Matthew Kubacki, student, discuss possibilities of research in the laser optics lab of the new Science Center of Lewis University.
Lewis University dedicated its new Science Center Friday, March 23 and welcomed community members for an open house Saturday, March 24. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, led the dedication with 150 people in attendance.
The Science Center, which opened for classes in January 2012, is a 50,000 square-foot addition featuring 12 labs, six prep labs, eight research facilities, three conference rooms, classrooms with Smart Boards, faculty/staff offices and gathering spaces. The three-story $18 million structure is in the process of being designated a LEED-certified building at the silver level. It has more than 31 environmentally friendly features.
In the past five years, Lewis University has experienced nearly 50 percent increase in enrollment in undergraduate science programs.