It’s been nearly three years since Verna June Meen donated $3.8 million to Tusculum College for a new state of the art science and mathematics building and today construction of that facility is now underway.
Meen made the donation in memory of her late husband, Ronald Meen, who spent his career as an organic chemist at Eastman in Kingsport.
Since Meen’s 2012 donation Tusculum College has been engaged in a fund raising campaign trying to reach a goal of $25 million.
Tusculum College President, Dr. Nancy Moody, said the project is fully funded through a 40 year USDA loan but continued fund raising is still crucial to complete the four story, 100,000 square foot learning and research facility.
The college has raised $18 million so far with $7 million set aside for scholarships.
When completed the Ronald and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will house wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer and environmental science.
The college also plans to add a nurse practitioner program and at least one other graduate level, health related program.
Tusculum Vice President of Academic affairs, Dr. Ron May, said the college is already well known for producing students who excel in math and science fields so the new facilities will only enhance that.
“It really gives us an opportunity to take the programs we have and build upon them and expand them and to look at new potential programs,” said May.
A live web cam is set up at the construction site for anyone interested in following the progress of the new building.
The project is set to be completed in September of 2016.
- Web cam to watch the ongoing construction of the new building at Tusculum: http://my.tusculum.edu/cam
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