A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening of the new Science and Learning Center.

The university ushered in a new vision for science education excellence May 12, as the doors opened to the much-anticipated Science and Learning Center on the Winona Campus. A crowd of more than 400 gathered at the dedication ceremony, ribbon-cutting, and blessing by Winona Bishop John Quinn before moving into the facility for tours and the dedication of named spaces.

Generous philanthropic support through the university’s capital campaign has already raised $19.5 million of the 50,000-square-foot building’s cost of $19.7 million.

University officials spoke of the teaching and learning opportunities made possible by the new facility, and junior biology major Bailey O’Hare thanked those who helped make the Science and Learning Center a reality. She said, “Because of you, I will finish my academic career here, in this state-of-the art facility, surrounded by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty members. And I will forever be blessed by your generosity. Thank you for making today possible.”

See a feature story and videos about the building project and dedication and view photos of the ceremonies and tours (click on “View Album”).