Ohio Dominican University Answers the Call to Strengthen Science, Math Education Programs

Battelle Hall SM

2009-05-11

 University, Battelle Break Ground for New Science Building – Battelle Hall on Friday, May 15

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) plans to revolutionize the teaching and learning of science for students at the collegiate and secondary levels to prepare them to be innovative and analytical thinkers, ready for the challenges of the 21st century workforce. These plans include a new science building – Battelle Hall and the renovation of the university’s existing science building, St. Albert Hall. These buildings will serve as a strong foundation for ODU’s faculty to facilitate new teaching strategies, promote collaborative learning and research, and support technology that enriches learning through an innovative new teaching method of project-based learning.

The university is embracing the challenge to address a national crisis in science and mathematics education. The Seminal 1983 Report – “A Nation At Risk” first raised the alarm that “a rising tide of mediocrity” threatened the educational foundation of our nation. Numerous reports in ensuing years documented the continuing crisis in U.S. education.

In 2006 Battelle awarded a $2.5 million gift for construction of a new science facility and teaching program. “This is the largest gift received by the university and the new building will be named in honor of Battelle,” said Ron Seiffert, ODU Interim President. “This contribution moved our plans to the next level to proceed with design and construction of a science building that will serve as a catalyst to our science and math programs.”

ODU and Battelle officials will break ground for a new science building on May 15 at the university’s main campus – 1216 Sunbury Road at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will be conducted at the future site of Battelle Hall which is in the lawn area between Erskine and Sansbury Halls on the east side of Sunbury Road. Ceremonial speakers include ODU’s Board of Trustees Chairman Monsignor Joseph Hendricks, ODU Interim President Ron Seiffert, and Battelle Chairman and CEO Dr. Jeffery Wadsworth.

Additionally ODU has partnered with the Ohio STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Network, an initiative underwritten by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the State of Ohio, and Battelle with the goal of transforming science and mathematics education using project-based learning strategies. In the face of this crisis, the role of higher education is critical to address this issue and Ohio Dominican University will answer the call to teach the next generation of scientists and scientifically literate citizens.

Since 2001, enrollment in the University’s Division of Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences, including the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Science Education Programs, Integrated Mathematics Education and Computer Information Systems, together with Psychology, has grown 46 percent.

Battelle Hall Overview:

25,000 sq. ft.
$9 Million Budget
Features: Instructional labs, research facilities, collaborative rooms, autoclave and cadavers, and space for instructional support/storage and state-of-the-art lab equipment. Informal lounge and social areas for student and faculty discussions.
Architects: BHDP
Construction Manager: Messer Construction Co.
Anticipated Opening: Fall 2010

St. Albert Hall Overview: 

22,000 sq. ft.
$3.5 Million Budget (Renovation)
Renovated Features: Two research labs; six instructional labs; four core labs for instruments and a weather station; and space for instructional support and storage.
Anticipated Opening: Fall 2011

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