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Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

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University celebrates completion of Mulvane Transformation

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University celebrated the completion of the Mulvane Transformation on Friday before faculty, staff, students, donors and friends of the University outside the $10 million Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education. The new center houses the renovated Mulvane Science Hall, the 9,000-square-foot addition of the Ross and Christine Hartley Hall and a relocated greenhouse.Ribbon-cutting1

"The Boyd Center behind me comprises Hartley Hall and Mulvane Hall, and is represented by several wonderful Baker families," Baker President Pat Long said during the ceremony. "It blends nine decades of scientific excellence and tradition with a modern, cutting-edge facility. Together, they form a place that will produce our community’s next surgeons, pediatricians, nurses and computer scientists – young people capable of changing the world."

The center houses classrooms and laboratories for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and information technology.

The Mulvane Science Hall was originally constructed in the 1920s. Construction on the Hartley addition began a year ago and was finished in time for the start of the 2012 fall semester. Ross and Christine Hartley, longtime benefactors of the university, donated $1.6 million toward the project. Ross is a 1970 Baker graduate.

In addition to the Hartleys’ donation, the University received an anonymous $3.5 million gift that became the keystone contribution to the project. The donor issued $2.5 million as a challenge gift and requested the complex be named after Boyd, who taught at Baker from 1941 to 1982 and was a former chairman of the biology department.


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