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After Lafayette has spent months watching the most eagerly anticipated building on campus take shape, Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center is about to open for official business. The state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility will be ready for students when classes begin Aug. 26.

Perhaps no one is more excited for the new facility than faculty members who will benefit from the spacious labs, innovative classrooms, and collaborative social hubs. Rockwell will house the biology, computer science, and environmental science and environmental studies programs, as well as the Dyer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Daniel and Heidi Hanson ’91 Center for Inclusive STEM Education, and the Office of Sustainability.

The space was intentionally designed to spark and strengthen interdisciplinary connections, a distinctive feature of a Lafayette education.

Joann Ordille, assistant professor of computer science, was one of the first faculty members to move into Rockwell in mid-July. In the video below she shares her enthusiasm for her new campus home.

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  1. Ed Auble says:

    And what happened to the observatory where a student could see those little bits of light in the sky? Very curious!

    1. Professor Joann Ordille says:

      Yes, you can look up and see the sky from the common space. It’s a light-filled building.

  2. Donald N. Sweeny III says:

    What has happened to Kunkel Hall? I took biology from Dr. Stableford at 8:00 M/W/F as a freshman in 1969 in Kunkel Hall. I believe it had just opened that fall as an academic building.

    1. Dave Block says:

      Kunkel Hall is being renovated to provide additional faculty offices and classroom space.

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