SNU Announces Launch of Campaign for the Sciences and Mabee Challenge Grant

BETHANY, Okla. (January 31, 2012) – Southern Nazarene University, has recently announced the public phase of the $8.7 million dollar, multi-year, multi-phase, Campaign for the Sciences.

Phase I of the Campaign for the Sciences includes construction of a new Science laboratory that will house teaching and research labs, classrooms and support space. The project is being completely funded by private donations, including a lead gift of $1.5 million from benefactors J.D. and Mary West, of Rogers, Arkansas, and the acceptance of an $800,000 Challenge Grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. The University expects to break ground on the new 25,891 square feet facility in 2012.

The construction of the new laboratory is the latest step in the University’s plan to strengthen its legacy of academic excellence in Science and its commitment to long-term investment in the infrastructure of its campus facilities in Bethany, as well as its Tulsa, Oklahoma campus.

University president, Dr. Loren Gresham, expressed his support of the Campaign by stating, “SNU is poised to provide the next generation of scientists with the skills, vision and moral responsibility to provide care and education to the underserved, steward and preserve our natural resources, and positively impact the quality of life for untold persons near and far, for generations to come.”

Future phases of the Campaign for the Sciences call for an elevator tower with common areas that will connect the new and existing facilities, as well as renovation of the structure which now houses the University’s nationally recognized pre-professional programs in biology, chemistry and nursing, as well as outstanding undergraduate programs in physics, science education, network engineering and environmental science, among others.

“We are working vigorously to secure the remainder of the funding needed from our supporters to meet the Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant and begin construction as soon as possible,” Gresham said, “and we are deeply grateful to the Mabee Foundation, the West family, and our many alumni and friends who believe in the mission and vision of SNU.”

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