On Nov. 17, Newman donors, alumni, faculty, staff and current students gathered to celebrate the first five years of the state-of-the-art Bishop Gerber Science Center on campus.
Conni Mansaw, senior development officer, said it was the perfect time to invite donors back to campus to experience the progress of the building, learn program updates and partake in tours to see the latest learning labs students have access to.
Sharing the building’s growth with donors in the form of cards and photos is beneficial in its own way, however, there is something extra special about having donors “see their efforts live and in living color,” Mansaw said.
“We’ve been blessed to have this building, and this event was an opportunity to provide a thank you to our dedicated donors,” she added. “For our phenomenal Newman supporters to actually come into our campus home and see what their efforts have produced will be beneficial both now and moving forward for our future donor family.”
Since the Bishop Gerber Science Center opened, more than 900 classes have been taught in the building.
“While Sacred Heart Hall is the heart and soul of Newman because of its history and the centrality of our Catholic identity there, the Bishop Gerber Science Center has become the modern showcase of what the best in contemporary university science education can be,” said Newman President Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., MPH.
“What is happening in this building is changing the lives of students, equipping them for future success and empowering them to be change agents in their professions, communities, families and churches,” Jagger added.