Here's How EKU Celebrates Science Week

Eastern Kentucky University capped off its Celebration of Science and Mathematics Week with a grand opening for its newly completed Science Building. The event, held Sept. 15, heralded the emergence of EKU as a leader in preparing students for STEM careers.

Phase 2 of the Science Building was completed in Fall 2017, bringing all the university's natural science programs under one roof for the first time. At the grand opening celebration, more than 100 people – including state and local leaders, university officials, faculty, students, donors and more – toured the state-of-the-art facility, which is the largest of its kind in the state. 

A reception and ribbon cutting ceremony followed the tours. The EKU Brass ensemble provided the soundtrack, performing “Emergence Fanfare for Brass Quintet,” a piece composed by Dr. Richard Boyd of the EKU music faculty. Speakers included EKU President Michael T. Benson; senior geology major Laura Kelley; Dr. Tom Otieno, dean of the College of Science; EKU Board of Regents Chairman Craig Turner; Kentucky Sen. Jared Carpenter; Kentucky Rep. Jonathan Shell; and Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes.

The Celebration of Science and Mathematics Week also brought special guests and events to The Campus Beautiful throughout the week. They included sponsored gatherings and private tours of the Science Building for alumni and retired faculty; lectures from NASA engineer and EKU graduate Dr. Tracie Prater; a keynote presentation from distinguished scientist Sylvester James Gates, Ph.D., on the importance of diversity in STEM fields; and hands-on community events at the Hummel Planetarium.

Photos in this series were taken by EKU photographer Amanda Cain and student photographers McKaylan Drach and Carsen Bryant.

The new EKU Science Building, the largest of its kind in the state.

The new EKU Science Building, the largest of its kind in the state.

Friends and partners gather for the EKU Science Building dedication.

Friends and partners gather for the EKU Science Building dedication.

Friends and partners listen to speakers at the EKU Science Building dedication.

Friends and partners listen to speakers at the EKU Science Building dedication.

President Michael T. Benson addresses the crowd.

President Michael T. Benson addresses the crowd.

Senior geology major Laura Kelley

Senior geology major Laura Kelley

Dr. Tom Otieno, dean of the College of Science.

Dr. Tom Otieno, dean of the College of Science.

Craig Turner, Chairman of the EKU Board of Regents.

Craig Turner, Chairman of the EKU Board of Regents.

Kentucky Rep. Jonathan Shell.

Kentucky Rep. Jonathan Shell.

Kentucky Sen. Jared Carpenter.

Kentucky Sen. Jared Carpenter.

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes.

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes.

Dr. Richard Boyd composed a brass quintet piece for the event.

Dr. Richard Boyd composed a brass quintet piece for the event.

Visitors tour every area of the Science Building.

Visitors tour every area of the Science Building.

Visitors go to the roof for a bird's eye view.

Visitors go to the roof for a bird's eye view.

EKU hosts a tour and gathering for retired faculty.

EKU hosts a tour and gathering for retired faculty.

Dr. Tracie Prater is a NASA engineer and an EKU alumni member.

Dr. Tracie Prater is a NASA engineer and an EKU alumni member.

Physicist Sylvester James Gates gives a keynote speech on diversity in science.

Physicist Sylvester James Gates gives a keynote speech on diversity in science.

High school students perform science experiments.

High school students perform science experiments.

Published on September 19, 2017

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