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.
Published on September 19, 2017