J.D. & Mary West Science Laboratory
J.D. & Mary West Science Laboratory
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SECURING THE SNU SCIENCE LEGACY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Excellence in Science is a hallmark of Southern Nazarene University.
Across the years over 3,000 teachers, medical doctors, dentists, researchers,
nurses and professors have graduated from SNU’s Science programs. The
quality of our graduates is evidenced by the over 90% successful admittance
rate into medical schools by graduates of the pre-medical program, and
the School of Nursing’s 93% pass rate on the National Council Licensure
Examination (NCLEX). To sustain these high acceptance rates into
professional and allied health programs, equipment and teaching resources
must keep pace with the technology available.
While the faculty of the Division of Science and Mathematics at SNU excel
in teaching and are exceptionally qualified in their respective disciplines,
with 91% having earned the terminal degree in their field, the current
facility, the W. Don Beaver Science Building, that has served the purposes
of Science education for forty years, is no longer adequate. As stated in the
University’s self-study prior to the 2010 accreditation renewal by the North
Central Higher Learning Commission, the facility receives intensive use
from hundreds of students each academic year and, “is in serious need of
major renovation and expansion.”
Thus, a strategic plan to construct a new 25,891 square feet laboratory that
will house teaching labs, faculty and teaching research labs, classroom and support space, is being advanced.
Interior Entry View
Anchored by a lead gift of $1.5 million from Mr. J. D. and the late Mary West of Rogers, Arkansas, and a Challenge Grant in the amount of $800,000 from the J.E.
and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., the Campaign for the Sciences holds the potential to transform the academic landscape of the University for students and faculty,
now and in the future.
The J.D. and Mary West Science Laboratory, Phase I of the multi-phase Campaign for the Sciences, is estimated to cost $5,500,000. This cost estimate was derived
from studying the needs of the various degree programs in order to provide standardized classroom technology, as well as specialized lab technology to support both
persistent and emerging trends in science education. The proposed design incorporates new technologies in instruction and research, allowing for new teaching
pedagogies that provide seamless integration between the classroom and laboratory learning. Major elements of the total expenditure are estimated as:
• Architectural and Surveys - $593,595
• Lab Equipment and Furnishings - $775,000
• Construction - $4,131,405
In the future phases of the Campaign, the University will continue to seek support to complete the build-out, and connect and renew the existing W. Don Beaver
Your support for this Campaign will ensure that graduates continue to be equipped to provide medical care to the underserved, conduct significant scientific research,
steward and preserve our natural resources, provide quality science education in our public schools, and, moreover, positively impact the quality of life for untold
persons near and far, for generations to come.
Johnnie Renee West Science Laboratory Features
Johnnie Renee West
distinguished herself as an Phase I
outstanding student in high
school, and was selected as a • 25,891 Square Feet
Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar Base Building
in the summer of 2008. After • Five Biology
completing her assigned research Laboratories
project at Oklahoma Medical (Including a
Research Foundation (OMRF) Cadaver Lab)
she entered SNU as a Science
• Three Chemistry
Scholar that same year. Laboratories
Although her double major • Two Research
Johnnie Renee West
in biology-chemistry and Senior, Biology-Chemistry and Laboratories
Physics Major – Lawton, Oklahoma
physics keeps her challenged
• Five Office Spaces
academically, she continues to work as a student technician at
OMRF alongside world-class researchers, gaining experience • Six Student
beyond the classroom and lab settings at SNU that have laid the Gathering Areas
groundwork for her future career path. • Atrium Area
Of her foundational education in the sciences at SNU, West, • Greenhouse
no relation to benefactors J. D. and Mary West, said, “My years
at SNU have challenged me in how I think both spiritually and
academically.” “Through my classes and lab work on campus, as
well as my opportunity to do research at OMRF, I feel extremely
well prepared to pursue my goal of earning my doctorate in
In order to continue to attract, retain and prepare students like
Johnnie, as well as the highest caliber faculty, the best resources
and facilities possible need to be provided. Your support of the
Campaign for the Sciences can inspire the best and brightest at
SNU, like Johnnie, to reach their full potential and impact their
generation and beyond.
Gary Morsch, Class of ‘75
The outstanding pre-med educa-
tion I received at Southern Naza-
rene University gave me the strong
science foundation I needed to
succeed in medical school, residen-
cy, and into my medical practice.
More importantly, the SNU faculty
modeled the same call to serve that
I was feeling, and prepared me, not
just for medicine, but for a lifetime
of service and ministry. The influ-
ence of the SNU faculty helped
open my eyes to a mission that Gary Morsch, M.D., M.P.H.
went far beyond a medical practice, Founder Heart International
and laid the foundation for what
would someday become Heart to Heart International.
Today, SNU carries on that same mission, with dedicated faculty
members who impact students’ lives and thus impact the world,
even though the science facilities they use today are basically the
same ones I used. Though science and medicine have changed and
improved dramatically in the four decades since I graduated from
SNU, our science facilities have continued to age and deteriorate.
It is time to bring these facilities up to the same standards of excel-
lence that our faculty and students represent! It is time for a signifi-
cant upgrade and expansion! SNU will continue to prepare students
for mission and ministry, but to do so effectively new and expanded
facilities are required.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting this exciting campaign. Our sci-
ence students and faculty deserve no less!
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