The Campaign for the Sciences
“Some of the finest work being done in science right now is being achieved by people of faith with magnificent discoveries being made every day about the incredible creativity of our God.” – Dr. David Cummings, PLNU Professor of Biology
Science at PLNU energizes intellectual rigor with a heartfelt call to change the world. You will be helping to improve the lives of thousands of people who will be served by the skills and sensitivity of PLNU students. It is a distinctive opportunity, a chance to make a difference that comes along perhaps once in a generation.
Philanthropic support is essential to success. The budget for construction of the new science facility has been set at $24 million. PLNU is seeking strategic philanthropic investment by those with the vision to see tomorrow – and the will to help shape it.
Your gift will be a legacy of enduring impact, yielding significant results again and again. You will be there when new discoveries are made, patients are helped and healed, generations of young scientists inspired. The lives of thousands of people will be improved, thanks to your generosity.
Please make your gift to the Campaign for the Sciences today.
Tomorrow won’t be the same without you.
"The new facility will help to keep PLNU competitive with comparable institutions in terms of recruiting science students and faculty."Evan MillerClass of 2004Assistant ProfessorDept. of Chemistry and Molecular & Cell BiologyUC Berkeley
"The new facility will become a place students want to be and it will make their second home actually feel like home."Jessi McLeodClass of 2008Systems Analyst, SeniorQualcomm
The Campaign for the Sciences is a timely solution to pressing problems. Over the years, instructional and laboratory space has become outmoded and overcrowded. Faculty members struggle to teach the subtleties of 21st century science in facilities built during the decade of Sputnik.
Many different science disciplines utilize the building on a daily basis. Laboratory equipment must be set up and broken down, set up and broken down, several times a day, five days a week - even all year round during PLNU's summer research program. Besides obvious inefficiencies, lack of lab space is an obstacle to fruitful research; complex experiments requiring uninterrupted running time are difficult to complete.
Space constraints compromise upgrading of instrumentation and other equipment since there is no room for acquisition of new lab technology. Several firms have offered gifts of instrumentation, only to be reluctantly told there is nowhere for donated equipment to go. Also, lab equipment is inefficiently configured, wasting time and space.
And while the PLNU student body has increased by 40 percent during the past ten years alone, there is no appropriate space for additional teaching staff. New faculty members are housed in a collection of trailers. Converting second and third floor restroom space into faculty offices was once considered!
What’s more, the current science building is dingy, unappealing, and cut off from the campus community by its steeply sloping asphalt driveway and subterranean main entrance. The building isn’t environmentally friendly. The science honors weekend for high school science students who have expressed an interest in PLNU begins in business school classrooms. Only after hearing about the science program are prospective students shown the realities of the current facilities. Many say labs at their high schools are superior to science space at PLNU.
The New Building
New 32,900 square foot science facility will:
- Provide 13 advanced labs devoted to biology and chemistry.
- Include four new classrooms accommodating a total of 280 students.
- Conveniently cluster preparation and storage space.
- Deliver the benefits of new instructional techniques with flexible labs, new media, and distance learning.
- Effectively configure existing equipment and provide space for acquisition of new equipment.
- Attract students from everywhere on campus with a striking outdoor deck, prompting conversations and peer-to-peer learning.