New Wing of the Albertus Magnus Hall of Science Now Open

Public Group Tours Available Sept. 21 and Oct. 9

The 2019 academic year kicked off with a frenzy of excitement over the newly opened science wing of the Albertus Magnus Hall of Science at Aquinas College. The new wing, named after Sister Mary Aquinas Weber, O.P., features new research and teaching laboratories, a green roof, a spacious lecture hall, and a three-story glass atrium collaboration and study space which connects the exterior world to researchers, instructors and students working within the new facility. 

“The new, expanded Albertus Magnus Hall of Science is meant to better prepare all students at Aquinas College, including those in science, technology, engineering and math,” said President Kevin Quinn. “We have more jobs than we can fill within the medical community in West Michigan, and it’s incumbent upon us at Aquinas to provide opportunities for students who come from this region and beyond to get a great education so that they can stay here and make a difference in their community.” 

Undergraduate-level STEM programs offered at Aquinas College include biology and health sciences, chemistry, data analytics, engineering, geography and environmental studies, mathematics, nursing and physics. As a private, liberal arts college that focuses on developing a complete, well-rounded person equipped for success in the workforce, Aquinas College offers dual majors and accelerated bachelors to master's degree programs. Ninety-five percent of Aquinas College graduates land jobs or head to graduate school within six months of graduation and science graduates have an acceptance rate for medical school that is 20 percent higher than the national average.

For over 100 years, the sciences have had a special place at a Catholic liberal arts institution like Aquinas College. 

“We are dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good and take very seriously our responsibility to care for creation and so our campus is a living-learning laboratory of sustainable practices,” Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D., dean of science and sustainability at Aquinas College.

Whether students are studying molecular biology, chemistry, anatomy, GIS, data analytics, nursing or engineering, Aquinas College students gain an education that enables them to contribute to society as a whole and make all the difference in the world. 

The new Sister Mary Aquinas Webber, O.P. Wing of the Albertus Magnus Hall of Science will be open to the public during Aquinas College’s Homecoming Week for guided tours on Saturday, September 21 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and again during Aquinas College’s Global Career Day on Wednesday, October 9 from noon until 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact the dean of science and sustainability at dms002@aquinas.edu.

For prospective students and their families, Aquinas College will also be hosting two fall open houses: Saturday, October 5, and Saturday, November 2. Information and registration is available at aquinas.edu/openhouse. Interested students can also schedule a personal visit at aquinas.edu/visits.

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