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The Benedictine College Science


E ngineering Building P roject

Century of Science A century ago, in 1916, the college offered its first science degrees, using faculty trained at the finest universities. Fifty years later, in the mid-1960s, a new state-of-the-art Science Hall put the sciences front and center again.

Today, the college is looking to the next century of science. Benedictine College’s science mission is to be the Catholic, liberal arts college that educates engineers, doctors, scientists, and health care professionals for the 21st century.

‘All-in’ for the Sciences

The Impact of New Facilities

Benedictine College has invested heavily in the sciences. The college: • Invests more in STEM faculty than any other academic area, hiring 15 professors in the past 10 years. • Invests far more yearly operating dollars to STEM disciplines than any other area. • Invests more in attracting science majors than any other students; science majors receive the largest academic scholarships of any majors on campus.

With a renovated and expanded science and engineering building, Benedictine College will: • Attract even better and more ambitious students. • Educate leaders in cutting-edge science that can make a difference in the world. • Provide students a faith-based, liberal arts education that will give the world engineers, doctors, scientists and health care professionals who will serve with integrity, excellence and caring.

Sciences Attract Student Leaders The investment has paid off. • Benedictine College science students have the highest average ACT scores and GPAs of any in the school. • The sciences produce the largest number of Discovery Day Projects, providing our students graduate-level research opportunities in experimentation and presentation. • Our science excellence has helped Benedictine College become widely regarded as one of America’s best, rated a top-20 best college by U.S. News & World Report and the Newman Guide.

All of this is within reach. Together we can make it happen.

Goal: $25 million Science Building Upgrade With your help, Benedictine College is poised to shape the future with scientists who are committed to community, faith and scholarship for the glory of God. • The timing is urgent. The world is being shaped more than ever by science and technology. It is here that Benedictine must “educate students who will transform the world through intellectual, personal and spiritual greatness.” • The case is compelling. Great science is happening at Benedictine College, but the quality of the facilities do not match the college’s achievements. • Your impact will be dramatic. Science faculty members worked with one of the nation’s leading science and technology architects to design the best possible science facilities.

Wangari Maathai, 1964 (pictured center) Fr. Felix Nolte, OSB, c. 1916

The scale of our ambition is great, yet when our community comes together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.



First Floor Engineering Floor Westerman Floor (Remodel)

Classroom 103 $100K

Engineering Wing (Addition)

EE Lab $150K

Auditorium Classroom 102 $100K

Teaching Labs/Shops

Biology Mud Room $50K

Classroom/Seminar Faculty Office

Classroom 101 $100K

Classroom 100 $100K

West Outdoor Terrace $250K

Lobby Group Seating 1 $25K

Lobby Group Seating 2 $25K

West Vestibule $50K

Metals Shop $150K

Office 110 $25K

Computer Lab $200K

West Entry Lobby $500K Conference Room A $50K

Wood Shop $150K

Auditorium $1M

Welding Shop $50K

Junior/Senior Project Lab $150K Reception $25K

Office 100 $25K Office 101 $25K

Conference Room B $50K

Office 102 $25K

Office 103 $25K

Office 104 $25K

Engineering Lab $150K

Civil/Concrete Lab $150K

Group Group Study 1 Study 2 $25K $25K

Office 105 $25K

Office 106 $25K

Office 107 $25K

Office 109 $25K

Office 108 $25K

Naming Opportunities 1st Floor/Remodel Westerman Floor $1,000,000 Auditorium $1,000,000 West Entry Lobby $500,000 West Outdoor Terrace $250,000 Computer Lab $200,000 EE Lab $150,000 Classroom 100 $100,000 Classroom 101 $100,000 Classroom 102 $100,000 Classroom 103 $100,000 West Vestibule $50,000 Conference Room $50,000 Biology Mud Room $50,000 Lobby Group Seating 1 $25,000 Lobby Group Seating 2 $25,000 Reception $25,000

1st Floor/Addition Engineering Wing Civil/Concrete Lab Engineering Lab Wood Shop Metals Shop Jr/Sr Projects Lab Welding Shop Conference Room Office 100 Office 101 Office 102 Office 103 Office 104 Office 105 Office 106 Office 107 Office 108 Office 109 Office 110 Group Study 1 Group Study 2

$2,500,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $50,000 $50,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Engineering Department Faculty (Left to Right) Dr. Scott Newbolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Engineering Dr. Scott Blonigen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Engineering Dr. Patrick O’Malley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Engineering Myron Fanton, M.S., Assistant Professor, Engineering Dr. Darrin Muggli, Ph.D., Chair, Professor, Engineering Charles Sprouse, III, ’07, Assistant Professor, Engineering Steve Spencer, M.S., Assistant Professor, Engineering

Second Floor Office 202 $25K

Biology Floor

Office 203 $25K

Office 201 $25K

Westerman Floor (Remodel) Biology Wing (Addition)

Faculty/ Student Research $100K

Faculty/Student Research

Biology Lab $150K

Teaching Lab Computer Lab $50K

Classroom/Seminar Faculty Office

Biology Lab 200 $150K

Office 200 $25K

Biology Lab 201 $150K

Dark Room $25K

Classroom $100K

Biology Lab 203 $150K Office 205 $25K

Green House $250K

Biology Lab 202 $150K

Engineering Lab $150K

Office 204 $25K

Cell Molecular Large Lab $150K

Cell Molecular Small Lab $150K

Plant Biology Lab $150K

Naming Opportunities 2nd Floor/Remodel Westerman Floor Biology Lab Biology Lab 200 Biology Lab 201 Biology Lab 202 Biology Lab 203 Classroom Faculty/Student Research Computer Lab Dark Room Office 200 Office 201 Office 202 Office 203 Office 204 Office 205

$1,000,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $100,000 $100,000 $50,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

2nd Floor/Addition Biology Wing Green House Cell Molecular Small Lab Cell Molecular Large Lab Engineering Lab Plant Biology Lab

$1,000,000 $250,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000

Biology Departmet Faculty (Left to Right) Dr. Mark Schramp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology Dr. Virginia L. Winder, Ph.D., ’04, Assistant Professor, Biology Dr. Travis Almquist, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology Dr. Martha Carletti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology Dr. Terrence Malloy, Ph.D., ’95, Chair, Associate Professor, Biology

Third Floor Study/ Tutor 1 $50K

Physics Floor

Faculty/Student Research

Teaching Lab

Office 302 $25K Office 303 $25K

Office 301 $25K

Westerman Floor (Remodel) Physics Wing (Addition)

Study/ Tutor 2 $50K

Student/Faculty Research $100K

North Entry $50K North Entry Lobby $50K

North Vestibule $50K

Classroom 300 $100K

Elec Lab $150K

Optics Lab $150K

Modern Physics Lab $150K

Classroom/Seminar Faculty Office

Study Room $50K

Astronomy Lab $150K

Office 300 $25K

Classroom 301 $100K

Computational Physics $50K

General Physics Lab $150K Office 305 $25K

College Physics Lab $150K

Chem E/ Environ Lab $150K

Office 304 $25K

Classical Physics Lab $150K

Organic Chemistry Lab $150K

General Chemistry Lab $150K

Naming Opportunities 3rd Floor/Westerman Westerman Floor $1,000,000 North Entry Lobby $500,000 Astronomy Lab $150,000 College Physics Lab $150,000 Elec Lab $150,000 General Physics Lab $150,000 Modern Physics Lab $150,000 Optics Lab $150,000 Classroom 300 $100,000 Classroom 301 $100,000 Student/Faculty Research $100,000 Computational Physics $50,000 North Entry $50,000 North Vesitbule $50,000 Study Room $50,000 Study/Tutor 1 $50,000 Study/Tutor 2 $50,000 Office 300 $25,000 Office 301 $25,000 Office 302 $25,000 Office 303 $25,000 Office 304 $25,000 Office 305 $25,000

3rd Floor/Addition Physics Wing Chem E/Environ Lab Classical Physics Lab General Chemistry Lab Organic Chemistry Lab

$1,000,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000

Physics and Astronomy Department Faculty (Left to Right) Dr. Ryan Maderak, Ph.D., ’03, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Matthew Richard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Eric Fox-Linton, Ph.D., Chair, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Douglas Brothers, Ph.D., Professor, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Scott Baird, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Georgiy Shcherbatyuk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Fourth Floor

Study 401 $100K Office 402 $25K

Chemistry Floor

Office 403 $25K

Office 401 $25K

Westerman Floor (Remodel)

Faculty/Student Research 2 $100K

Chemistry Wing (Addition)


Lab $150K

Faculty/Student Research

Teaching Lab Classroom/Seminar

Office 406 $25K

Faculty/Student Research 1 $100K

Faculty Office

Office 400 $25K

Advanced Lab $150K

Classroom $100K

Study 400 $100K

Upper Division Lab $150K

Biochemistry Lab $150K

Office 405 $25K

Office 404 $25K Observatory $1M

Naming Opportunities 4th Floor/Westerman Westerman Floor Advanced Lab Biochemistry Lab Instrumentation Lab Upper Division Lab Classroom Faculty/Student Research 1 Faculty/Student Research 2 Study 400 Study 401 Office 400 Office 401 Office 402 Office 403 Office 404 Office 405 Office 406

$1,000,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Roof Observatory


Chemistry Department Faculty (Left to Right) Dr. Douglas Burns, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Biochemistry Cody Sherlock, ’15, Department Assistant Dr. Kolbe J. Scheetz, Ph.D., ’07, Assistant Professor, Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Patrisha Bugayong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry Dr. Paul Steinbach, Ph.D., Chair, Professor, Analytical Chemistry Dr. Gail S. Blaustein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physical Chemistry Dr. Larry D. Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biochemistry

Benedictine College Science Faculty Make an Impact Students are the focus of Benedictine College faculty — but in their personal projects, our faculty are exposing students to groundbreaking research.

Ravens vs. Superbugs The World Health Organization has declared antibiotic resistance one of the top three greatest threats to human health. Dr. Larry Sutton, Benedictine College associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is the scientific founder at Gladius Pharmaceuticals. Using his original research, which Benedictine students had the opportunity to participate in directly, he is exploring an answer to drug-resistant superbugs. The project has received major financing, led by Lumira Capital Investment Management via its Merck Lumira Biosciences Funds.

Patented Engineering Darrin Muggli, the Chair of Engineering, was recently awarded his third patent in collaboration with engineers at the University of North Dakota in a process related to the production of military-grade aviation fuel from crop oils like soybean oil or canola oil. The project identified several waste streams in an existing process and turned those waste streams into profitable products, making the overall process economically feasible. The research showed how engineers can help the private sector while serving the public good.

Raven Research Significant research from Benedictine College science professors includes: • Dr. Travis Almquist is doing important work in the management and ecology of the non-native Japanese hop vine. • Dr. Gail S. Blaustein is helping break new ground in our understanding of the release, fate, and toxicity of nanomaterials. • Dr. Martha Carletti is doing important research into esophageal cancer. • Dr. Ryan Maderak is tracing the history of the galaxy through the oxygen in stars. • Dr. Terrence Malloy and students are assessing the impacts of flooding on plant communities along the Missouri River for the Corps of Engineers. • Dr. Mark Schramp is studying morphological changes in epithelial cells during organogenesis and disease. • Dr. Georgiy Shcherbatyuk is investigating high-level solar energy harvesting techniques. • Dr. Paul Steinbach is researching environmental testing and luminescence spectroscopy. • Dr. Virginia Winder addresses anthropogenic change on the ecology of wildlife populations, especially wind energy facilities, rangeland management techniques, and conservation efforts.

Aerial Site Plan

The Benedictine College Science and Engineering Building Project  
The Benedictine College Science and Engineering Building Project