New Home for Geosciences Unveiled at Southern Utah UniversityMay 2, 20192 min read
Southern Utah University’s Geosciences program unveils its new state of the art home at the dedication for the Mark and Julie Svoboda Geosciences Building. The renovation of the former business building will offer 12,000 square feet of space for SUU’s Geosciences.
The Geosciences Building received a facelift both externally and internally and was redesigned as an environment where the study of earth’s history coexists with contemporary design and technology.
“What we have done is replace existing areas with new, enlarged spaces. We haven't created new spaces, with the exception of student meeting and study areas spread throughout the building, but we have enlarged the footprint of every classroom and laboratory in the new facility,” said Robert Eves, Dean of SUU’s Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science.
A large financial gift from geologist and SUU graduates, Mark Svoboda (‘80) and his wife Julie Gillies (‘81) helped expand the home for geosciences.
“We live, and work, amidst some of the most stunning natural exposures of Earth history,” said Robert Eves. “Geoscientists from all over the US not only teach the geology of the Southwest in their classes, they bring their students here on field trips and summer field camps. Moving into this new facility will provide larger, better equipped classrooms and labs, and will signify to all that the geosciences are an important field of study at SUU.”
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