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UNI to dedicate McCollum Science Hall addition

October 2, 2003

Barbara Hetrick, head, Department of Biology, (319) 273-2456
Paul Rider, interim head, Department of Chemistry, (319) 273-2985
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 64,000 square-foot addition to the University of Northern Iowa's McCollum Science Hall will be dedicated during a ceremony at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10. Featured will be addresses by key administrators, including UNI President Robert Koob; and the building's namesake, former dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Clifford G. McCollum. Tours of the facility will follow.

Under construction since Oct. 2001, the McCollum addition provides much-needed space for the biology and chemistry departments. UNI has produced more bachelor's degree chemistry graduates than any other Iowa college or university in the last 13 years, and enrollment in the program continues to grow.

'The new lecture halls are much more conducive to teamwork, and we finally have dedicated spaces for students to interact and gather,' said Barb Hetrick, head of the biology department. With 620 declared majors, biology is one of the largest departments on campus.

'The addition has allowed us to modernize the way we teach general chemistry,' said Paul Rider, interim head of the chemistry department. 'We now have modern research space for faculty members and their undergraduate assistants, as well as an all-new chemical-education suite.'

Besides creating a dramatic new entrance for McCollum, the addition features a waterwall to be stocked with the native Iowa plant species that students deal with in general biology class, allowing them to see the plants in a simulated natural habitat.

Built in 1968, McCollum Science Hall was officially named in 1984 upon the retirement of Clifford McCollum who joined the UNI faculty in 1949. The McCollum Science Hall addition was constructed at a cost of $16.9 million in state-appropriated funds.