We woke up this morning to the Clarion Ledger front page, top story spread across the state, telling of our moving into Fitzhugh Hall.
Below is the story…..and I’ve also added two video stories they posted on their web site about this and one about a science student.
Belhaven University’s Fitzhugh Hall opens as new science, math building
Even though there’s still a couple of weeks before fall semester, a handful of Belhaven University students already were back on campus Tuesday, helping professors prepare new science labs for classes.
The labs are part of a recently finished project on campus, a yearlong $6 million project where the 100-plus-year-old Fitzhugh Hall was partially renovated and expanded following water damage to parts of the building and foundation, said spokesman David Sprayberry.
Sophomore Bethany Savoy of Brandon pitched in Tuesday morning, unpacking boxes in some of the biology labs. “All my classes will be in this building,” said the biology major.
Assisting Savoy was Bianca Key, of Jackson, and Jake Anderson of Phoenix.
“We’re just doing our part,” Savoy noted.
And while the help from students was appreciated, it was the professors in the building that were giddy.
The expansion to Fitzhugh not only meant updated facilities and more space, but it was also a joint effort of different science disciplines to work together, ushering the school’s program into a more modern science, said Reid Bishop, a chemistry professor and chair of the division of science and mathematics.
“One of the main things is the interdisciplinary space,” said Phylip Carlson, a chemistry and physics professor. “Traditional chemistry, biology and physics are in their own separate locations, but modern science doesn’t really work that way.”
The shared space means students can be better prepared for the workforce as well, said Bishop. “If you’re a chemist, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be employed by a biomedical company,” he said as an example.
The labs include computers with microscopes, linked with Wi-Fi for sharing results and findings with the rest of the class. Each new room offers more space, and the building is set up to use ultrapure water — a necessity for many experiments, Bishop pointed out.
“I’m most proud of the behind the scenes kind of stuff,” said Bishop of the technology and equipment installed in Fitzhugh.
With two weeks until students fill up the new site, Bishop and other science professors are itching for the classes to start back up.
“We focus on problems, real-life problems,” Bishop said. “Here we look at how do we use the different science disciplines to attack those problems.”
Video about the move into Fitzhugh
Video about freshman science student Jeremiah Reese