Ribbon-Cutting and Blessing for New CBU Science Complex Announced

Cooper-Wilson Center for Life SciencesMemphis – Christian Brothers University (CBU) proudly announces the ribbon cutting and blessing of the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences and the Assisi Hall Science Learning Center on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. The blessing will be performed by The Most Reverend J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., Bishop of Memphis.

Due to the Memphis area’s involvement with emerging new industries in bioscience, research, and healthcare, the community has called on CBU to increase its capacity and to expand and further enhance its science programs. CBU recognizes that to maintain its strong reputation in science education, it must continue to attract the best and brightest students while also addressing the needs of its campus and the community as a whole.

To meet this goal, the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences has been constructed and the Assisi Hall Science Learning Center renovated. The Cooper-Wilson Center is a three-story building of more than 30,000 square feet and openly connects to Assisi Hall with its newly renovated labs, classrooms and student spaces. This entire Science Complex is comprised of two floors each dedicated to biology and chemistry labs and classrooms, and additional floors with classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, and labs specially designed to accommodate natural science, physics, mathematics, and computer science classes. All facilities have the most-up-to-date instrumentation.

The Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences is named in honor of Dr. Marguerite Cooper, CBU associate professor of chemistry. CBU gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of Susan and Bob Wilson, Cooper’s daughter and son-in-law, along with the generous contributions from the Assisi Foundation, the Plough Foundation and the many other friends of the University who enabled the construction and renovation of the entire Science Complex.

The School of Sciences at CBU offers undergraduate science and math degrees to students interested in the health professions, research, computers and technology, and teaching. Senior CBU students participate in internships and mentored research projects, pairing with either a CBU faculty member or a researcher at a well-known institution. Students have worked in conjunction with St. Jude ChildrenÕs Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the University of Memphis and the Memphis Zoo. In addition, since 2000, CBU has received the Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) grant that provides multiple international opportunities for students to do research during the summer in Brazil, Uganda and Thailand.

CBU Sciences alumni attend some of the country’s top graduate and professional schools. From 2003 to 2007, its graduates had an 81% acceptance rate into medical school (far exceeding the national rate of 46%) and an 88% acceptance rate into pharmacy school. A high percentage was also accepted into professional schools in such fields as physical therapy, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, and optometry. Even more impressive is that approximately 78% of CBU graduates reside and work in the greater Memphis area, providing a well educated workforce in the sciences.

For persons attending the ribbon cutting and blessing, please RSVP at (901) 321-3270 or email rsvp@cbu.edu. Parking for the event is available off Central Avenue in the University’s main lot. Guided tours and a reception in the Plough Sciences Courtyard will immediately follow the blessing. For information, please contact the CBU Office of Advancement at (901) 321-3270.

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