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At the official opening ceremony for Bridgewater State University’s new Science and Mathematics Center, Gov. Deval Patrick and other guest speakers praised the center as an important investment for the future of Massachusetts.
Gov. Patrick told a crowd of hundreds gathered in university’s campus center auditorium the newly constructed building is representative of his administration’s strategy for building a better commonwealth. That strategy is based on three principles: education, innovation and infrastructure, he said. “This building combines them all,” said the governor. “It’s an emphasis on education. It is about the STEM subjects so important to the growth sectors in the economy today.”
As far as infrastructure is concerned, the center helps creates jobs, the governor said.
BSU President Dana Mohler-Faria said the center is a valuable resource for the region during today’s tough economy. We are in times, he said, when it is difficult for government -- state or federal -- to provide resources for public higher education, and when many cannot afford access to public education.
“In that environment,” he said, “it is incumbent upon us to really create excellence, create access, provide opportunities, and to find a way. It is our responsibility to education people and to be leaders in our communities. We have done that at Bridgewater.”
In that way, the center is symbolic of BSU’s mission “to provide the kind of quality education we know every student in this commonwealth deserves,” said the president.
Completed over past summer, the $98 million center has proved to be a locus of advanced study for undergraduates and graduates, as well as a learning hub for the community. The new building offers more than 85 labs for student research, with 18 general purpose classrooms. Meanwhile, during the past year, more than 2,000 community members have flocked to the center’s observatory for public viewing nights, using the eight roof-mounted telescopes.
Other features include: a 14-inch telescope, a water reclamation system capturing rain for the building’s water needs, three “green” roofs, water bottle refill stations, more than 300 microscopes, and a wind tunnel for research projects, among many more.
Celebrated BSU alumnus and benefactor, Bruce Bartlett, ’68, said the center is one example of how Massachusetts will stay on the forefront of scientific, technological and intellectual innovation.
“We know this building is a wonderful and permanent testament to the hard work of numerous individuals, will have an immediate benefit to students and faculty and a lasting benefit to the mass economy and education of future generations,” said Mr. Bartlett. His family, including wife, Pat, ’67, is the namesake of the university’s Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics.
Other speakers at the event included: Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts Richard Freeland; Louis Ricciardi, ’81, chairman of the BSU Board of Trustees and vice chairperson of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education; and Carole Cornelison, commissioner, Division of Capital Asset Management. (Rob Matheson, '07, G '12, University Advancement)
Caption (bottom right photo): Bruce and Pat Bartlett stand on either side of their portrait, unvieled on stage as part of the cermony. Applauding are, at far left, Louis Ricciardi, ’81, and, next to him, BSU Foundation Board Chair Eugene J. Durgin Jr., and President Dana Mohler-Faria at far right.
Gov. Deval Patrick discusses the benefits of the Science and Mathematics Center for Massachusetts.
President Dana Mohler-Faria talks about providing education in today's economy.
Bruce Bartlett comments on the center and having a college named in his family's honor.