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More than 150 people attended the ribbon cutting and open house for the Life Sciences Laboratory at Black Hills State University last week. Dr. Charlie Lamb, professor of science; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president; Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Kathryn Johnson, S.D. Board of Regents vice president; Dr. Shane Sarver, chief research officer; Dr. Kristi Pearce, interim provost and vice president; Jerry Krambeck, mayor of Spearfish, and Bryan Walker, director of Spearfish Economic Development; cut the ribbon to officially open the science lab building.
Black Hills State University science students and faculty cut the ribbon to the Life Sciences Laboratory to mark the opening of the modern research facility. The 26,000-square foot laboratory will enhance experiential learning and research opportunities for students at the University.

More than 150 people attended the ribbon cutting and open house for the Life Sciences Laboratory at Black Hills State University last week.

The ribbon cutting program included comments by BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, South Dakota Board of Regents Vice President Kathy Johnson, Spearfish Economic Development Director Bryan Walker, and BHSU faculty members Dr. Holly Downing, Dr. Shane Sarver and Dr. Charlie Lamb.

Johnson, BHSU Class of 75, chemistry major, noted that it’s overwhelming to think of how the science program has advanced since she was a student at BHSU.

“What an investment the students are making in their future. I hope their experiences here and hours of studying lead to enhancement of science in our community, our state and our nation. Let the work begin,” said Johnson.

The 26,000-square foot building, located on the southwest portion of campus, was constructed to accommodate the dramatically increasing number of science students at BHSU. The building includes five chemistry and biology teaching laboratories, three research laboratories, faculty offices, and meeting areas. The modern research laboratories provide high-quality science space for expanding faculty research and the innovative master’s degree program in Integrative Genomics. The facilities enhance experiential learning and research opportunities for BHSU students.

“This is a monumental day for the University, for the community and the region. Facilities such as the one we are standing in today, do not happen because of luck or wishful thinking. Projects like this occur because of strong leadership, vision, commitment and teamwork,” noted Walker.

The Life Sciences Laboratory is part of a statewide effort to upgrade laboratories at all Regental Universities and is funded by student fees through bonding.