M.A. and Jim Rogers
By Anna Drake
Trustees, donors, alumni and friends filled Rogers Hall on Thursday evening, May 2 for a lively dedication ceremony honoring M.A. and Jim Rogers and all who brought Queens' state-of-the-art new science and health building to life.
After a warm welcome from Board Chair Michael Marsicano, Chaplain Diane Mowrey led a blessing upon the building and its teachers, students, and supporters. McMahon Professor of Environmental Studies Reed Perkins and Blair College of Health Dean Kevin Burke spoke on behalf of the science and health faculty, expressing their gratitude for generous philanthropic support and highlighting the facility's many innovative and educational amenities-from the Crowder Green Wall, to the Platinum LEED design and many independent study labs that enable extensive student research. President Pamela Davies recognized the generous gifts of many present and offered special tribute to Queens Trustee Mary Anne Rogers and her husband, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, for their $4.1 million naming gift toward Rogers Hall. "The names on our buildings and programs tell the story of our university," President Davies remarked. "You have impacted the history of Queens in an incredibly important way, and this building will forever tell that story."
Jim Rogers emphasized the critical need for STEM education, innovation, and leadership in the sciences-pursuits to which Rogers Hall is dedicated. M.A. offered her thanks to all the alumni and donors whose leadership and support have paved the way before them. "Compared to so many of you, Jim and I are 'toddlers' at Queens. You've laid the foundation for us, and we're standing on your shoulders. We feel so honored and so comfortable within the Queens family."
Following remarks in Robert Haywood Morrison Lobby, six science, nursing, and math majors escorted groups around the building to hear brief student research presentations in Duke Energy Auditorium, Bank of America Reading Room, and Shaw Group Biology Lab. Presidential Scholar Amy Moore '14 and Dr. Greg Pillar shared their environmental science research on organic composting, and Shelton Scholar Gideon Yeboah '13 and Dr. Jennifer Easterwood reported on their biology study of disinfectant efficacy. Joselle Anthony '13, Professor Tracy Petleski, and their team of Presbyterian School of Nursing students shared recommendations for identifying and preventing delirium in hospital patients. Guests enjoyed a science-inspired dessert at each presentation and departed the event with commemorative Cosmos bipinnatus seeds-Cosmos flowers.
Since opening its doors for classes in January, Rogers Hall has quickly become a vibrant and beloved center of learning at Queens. As Dr. Perkins shared in his remarks, "We imagined a building that would reflect what it teaches...that was in itself a laboratory, and would inspire us to explore the world around us. And you know what? We got it. We absolutely got it."
Learn more about Rogers Hall at www.queens.edu/rogers .
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