In a previous issue of this magazine, Saint Joseph's announced the first phase of its new capital campaign to construct a Center for the Study of the Environmental Sciences and to renovate and expand laboratory space for nursing and other sciences. That campaign, named "Make a Difference," continues in its first, quiet phase.
According to Bun Perkinson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, "Every capital campaign has a quiet phase, lasting from a few months to a number of years when the Trustees, a number of special donors, and some foundations and corporations join together in making pledges and gifts to a kick-off fund." Perkinson says the economic downturn has made it necessary to extend the quiet phase to give Trustees and other donors the opportunity to allow their investment portfolios to return to more normal levels. The public phase will likely begin sometime in the next year, he states.
Meanwhile, despite the lack of enough lab space, and of spaces more conducive to faculty and student research, the robust nursing, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and exercise science programs continue with healthy enrollments, and four natural science faculty members - Dr. Mark Green and Dr. Greg Teegarden in the environmental sciences, and Dr. Nicholas Benfaremo in chemistry and Dr. Johan Erikson in geology - have all received federal funding for their research projects with students.
So, despite the wait for new facilities, quality teaching and research projects continue to enrich the Saint Joseph's experience for students.