You’re invited to the Mulvane Transformation Celebration

A year ago Baker University broke ground on the $10.3 million Mulvane Transformation, the largest capital building project in the 154-year history of the first university in Kansas.

Because the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education is entirely donor funded, we are taking time to celebrate with the wonderful Baker family members who transformed our vision into a reality. On Oct. 5, you are invited to the official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony and then are encouraged to stay for an open house to view the stunning new facility. The festivities begin at 3 p.m.

The facility includes a renovated and restructured Mulvane Hall, the newly constructed Ross and Christine Hartley Hall—the 9,000-square-foot addition to the east of existing Mulvane—and the Baker greenhouse.

“We can now say that our facilities match the quality of the students and professors working inside them,” University President Pat Long said. “Every night as I walk the dogs by this new building, I become a little emotional. I am so thankful to our donors for making this possible.”

The Boyd Center will be the home for the science, mathematics and computer sciences departments. The renovation and addition includes new classrooms, industry-standard labs and updated equipment. Our Admission team will use these as a significant edge in recruiting the best and brightest students.

“The Boyd Center will become a focal point on this campus during our tours,” said Kevin Kropf, director of enrollment management. “This will give us a competitive advantage over several of our peers.

New office space has also been created for Baker’s dedicated faculty members.

“It was a wonderful old building built in the 1920s,” Professor of Biology Darcy Russell, ’80, said. “From the outside, it’s my favorite building on campus. But sciences at Baker have grown so much, we were rapidly outgrowing our space.”

She continued, “We had so many big dreams for the new science center at Baker University. It’s just so exciting to see them all coming true. The faculty just can’t wait to get started.”

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