Before students and faculty departed for Christmas vacation, they were treated to a sneak peek of the School’s new science building.

Dr. Stephen Zins, head of the science department, delivered an inspiring Advent message encouraging the community to savor the opportunity to walk through the state-of-the-art facility: “The new science building is the culmination of years of planning, giving, and faith on the part of the monastery, administration, faculty, alumni, and staff – and you will be the first group to see it today,” he said. “I hope you take the opportunity to walk through this building and start to think how you might use it. After all, it’s up to us- faculty, staff, and students- to put to good use the gifts God has bestowed upon us for the better good.” (A full version of Dr. Zins’s remarks can be found here.)

Students and faculty members walked through the building with a sense of excitement for what is to come in the new year. With seven laboratories, seven classrooms, faculty offices, and a multi-story commons that will serve as the crossroads between science and the humanities, there was much ground to cover. Students were thrilled with the separate lab spaces and the Student Project Lab in particular, noting the ability to work on labs over several weeks instead of in a single class period.

The new building will open for classes when the students and faculty return on January 4, 2019. In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek yourself in the video below, and stay tuned for announcements regarding a grand opening in the New Year!

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