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St. John Fisher celebrates new building

St. John Fisher College President Gerald Rooney, seventh from the right, joins other college officials and local dignitaries in cutting a large red ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Integrated Science and Health Sciences building. Courtesy: St. John Fisher College

St. John Fisher College President Gerald Rooney, seventh from the right, joins other college officials and local dignitaries in cutting a large red ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Integrated Science and Health Sciences building. Courtesy: St. John Fisher College

St. John Fisher College recently celebrated the opening of its new Integrated Science and Health Sciences building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 31,000 square foot academic facility includes two 100-seat classrooms, teaching laboratories, a lab prep room, faculty offices, and breakout spaces for student collaboration.

The event included remarks from College President Gerard J. Rooney; Theresa Westbay ’86, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; Victor Salerno ’66, chair of the Board of Trustees; and students and alumni.

“We have a strong tradition of excellence in the sciences at the College,” said Rooney, noting that Fisher alumni practice medicine at leading medical centers, teach and conduct research at esteemed colleges and universities, and work in science and health-related institutions throughout the country. “We look at this new facility as a tribute to their legacy as well as a way to provide a transformational educational experience, including increased opportunities for undergraduate research in the sciences.”

State Sen. Joe Robach and Jim Ryan Jr., director and vice president of the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation, strong supporters of the building’s construction, also offered remarks. As is Fisher tradition, a member of the Basilian Fathers, the Rev. Al Cylwicki, Congregation of St. Basil, blessed the building.

A $14 million project, the Integrated Science and Health Sciences building was designed and constructed to be the college’s first U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified structure, and features a living wall.

It also involved a $2.4 million renovation of the existing Skalny Science Center. The expansion of science facilities at Fisher reflects the college’s threefold enrollment growth in natural sciences since 2006, and provides greater avenues for the cross-disciplinary learning and research initiatives happening at Fisher.

The new Integrated Science and Health Sciences building on the campus of St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. Courtesy: St. John Fisher College

The new Integrated Science and Health Sciences building on the campus of St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. Courtesy: St. John Fisher College

The college has also experienced heightened interest in the health sciences, and faculty and students from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and Wegmans School of Nursing will also benefit from the new building.

In addition, Rooney noted the building has been met with much enthusiasm from current students and faculty, prospective students on tours, and alumni who attended Alumni Weekend Sept. 19-20. On Sept. 17, the college unveiled its new Science and Technology Hall of Fame display, now in the Integrated Science and Health Sciences building.

For more information about St. John Fisher College, visit www.sjfc.edu.

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