The unveiling of a sign, Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, highlighted the historic October 20 dedication of a building that represents a new era for academics at North Central College. The event was a fitting kickoff for Homecoming 2017 and the many celebrations, reunions and student events that filled the weekend.
At the dedication, several speakers shared heartfelt remarks about the significance of the occasion. Here are excerpts from their remarks:
“When I spoke at the ribbon cutting [in March], I discussed the possibilities that the science center offers, such as collaboration and fostering a community of scholars. I’ve seen those possibilities become reality right before my very eyes.” - Kelsey LaMartina ’18, biochemistry major and future pharmacist
“Not yet known are the ideas that are forthcoming. What new collaborations will be born from a student reading about protein while waiting for her English composition course to begin? What spark will ignite when a neuroscientist walks past the windows of a chemistry lab? What life-changing invention will germinate after a computer science student takes the only available seat to have some breakfast and ends up in a conversation with a graphic design professor?” - Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of political science
“At my inauguration, I challenged us to imagine what kinds of amazing work could be done with the best facilities … I knew, even then, that North Central was uniquely positioned to help shape the future not just of our students—but of STEM education throughout the nation.” - Troy D. Hammond, president and professor of physics
“I feel blessed to have attended North Central College. This place is dear to my heart … and had an immense impact and influence on my life. It was here that I encountered a real maturing as a student and as a person, preparing me for what was to become my life’s work … I wish to congratulate North Central College’s faculty for programming a building to encourage scientific collaboration in classrooms, laboratories, and in the many gathering spaces throughout the interior and exterior of the facility. This institution has long prepared its graduates for successful lives; I believe this facility gives students a real edge as they prepare for graduate school, medical school, research professions or varied entrepreneurial endeavors. And, I hope my life’s work as a scientist and entrepreneur can serve as an inspiration and an important testament to our students.” - Dr. Myron Wentz ’63 (H) ’11, honorary trustee