by Rachel Gould
New things are always exciting, whether they be new friends that we are making, new ideas we are considering, or new places we are exploring. Perhaps that’s why the opening of a new space on a campus – classroom, dorm, or otherwise – is always such a grand event. The newness affects everyone.
It is just this type of excitement that has been affecting both students and faculty here at FHU this year. As the school year opened, so did a new building on campus: the Anderson Science Center. Covering over 22,000 square feet, this new center is dedicated to the parents of James Anderson, who helped to fund the building of the center. Because of his generosity, this new facility houses state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for biochemistry, microbiology, biology, and anatomy and physiology classes. Student research space, including a wildlife pond located behind the building with built-in cameras to observe the lifespans and cycles of bass, will connect knowledge from the classroom with the real-life experiences of the world at large.
Research opportunities such as these prepare FHU students for careers as scientists and establish a strong groundwork for future learning opportunities. As the ribbon was cut at the center’s opening, Dr. LeAnn Self-Davis, Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, reminded students that, “in a world of ever-changing science, students at FHU will have the constant of faith from which to explore.” FHU has a long-standing tradition of academic exploration and excellence. With this new building, its technology, and its research labs, FHU students will have the opportunity to expand and deepen this tradition while staying relevant with current academic practice.