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New Science and Technology Center Expands Learning Opportunities

November 01, 2017

Fall foliage glowed against a clear blue sky as the Lasell College community gathered around the expansive front plaza of the institution's new Science and Technology Center for its grand opening. The crowd of students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and friends were filled with anticipation as President Michael B. Alexander marked the building's official opening as the ceremonial ribbon was cut on October 31, 2017.
President Michael Alexander at the opening of the Lasell College Science and Technology Center

The college announced the building's opening nearly two months ahead of schedule. Construction was initially slated to complete at the end of December, with classes scheduled to begin in the space at the start of the spring semester. As of November 1, students began attending selected academic classes within the new center, marking an exciting milestone for the community as they transition into the new state-of-the-art $24 million facility.

The new Science and Technology Center is one of five elements of The Campaign for Lasell College. According to Jim Ostrow, vice president for academic affairs, the facility was built to expand opportunities for active and project-based learning. The modern academic hub includes lab space for athletic training, exercise science, mathematics, chemistry, and biology courses, as well as a flex lab for multidisciplinary use. It also includes 21 all-purpose classrooms, group study rooms, a café, and 29 faculty offices, marking a significant uptick in the number of spaces in which students can conduct research, tackle connected learning projects, and collaborate with faculty and one another.

The opening ceremony featured remarks from President Alexander, chair of the board of trustees Keon Holmes, Professor Aaron Toffler on behalf of the faculty assembly, and Student Alumni Association and Student Government Association president James Rossano.

"This is a very proud day for us," said President Alexander. "At Lasell, we immerse students in experiential and collaborative learning that ignites intellectual curiosity and develops a sense of social responsibility. The new center is a tool that will move us forward in that effort, and in working to infuse technology as a part of the college's overall growth. It's an exciting time for us all."

Additional utilization of the space will take place in the coming months, including the migration of the college's IT help desk and bookstore. As the fall athletic season comes to a close, students will enjoy new views of Taylor Field from the Center's patio and front lawn, which extends toward Woodland Hall and Edwards Student Center for additional ease of access around campus.

"Whether you're in class, checking out the bookstore, visiting the café, or using one of the new group study rooms, this building will impact all of us," said Rossano. "Without our alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and even us students, none of this would be possible."

Following the ribbon cutting and remarks, the community toured new classrooms, labs, and common spaces, and peered through the atrium's floor-to-ceiling windows as the Lasell women's soccer team competed in the GNAC semifinal match against St. Joseph's College of Maine. Music played while crowds gathered outside on the terrace and surrounding green space to cheer on the game-winning Lasers. The day revealed the building's full potential in bringing together members of the college to promote growth and success, as well as multidisciplinary and multigenerational collaboration. View from inside the new Science and Technology Center