CSC Math Science Bldg Gets New Name

CHADRON – The Math Science Building, soon to undergo a $30-million dollar expansion and renovation, has a new name that officials say more clearly reflects its mission.

The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees approved the name Math Science Center of Innovative Learning during its regular meeting last week.

CSC President Randy Rhine is pleased with board’s action and with the new name, which he calls “descriptive of the future purpose of the building and seems especially fitting now with the upcoming renovation and addition.”

Rhine says Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math students will have more opportunities for high-impact learning and increased research opportunities while the facility itself will enhance recruitment of both students and faculty.

The name came out of discussion this spring by a 9-member panel of faculty, staff, students, and community members facilitated by CSC grad Tiffany Smith of Rapid City, who is experience in leading branding and re-brandking efforts.

The group felt its proposed new name suits the Math Science building well because it emphasizes the innovative learning that occurs there while also supporting such concepts as integration, outreach, and motion.

Renovation and expansion of the building, which opened in 1970, has been discussed for many years and was long the Trustees’ top construction project but state funding wasn’t approved until last May.

Design and preconstruction work is underway with construction to start this November and completion scheduled in February 2022. The original plan to do new construction and renovation in phases was scrapped in favor of doing both at the same time.

Because of that, all classes, labs, and offices are moving to other buildings. Faculty, staff, student employees, and professional movers have been hauling supplies, materials, and furnishings to the temporary spaces across campus for the past several months

The college and the Chadron State Foundation were required to provide a little over $4-1/2-million dollars for the renovation/expansion project and Foundation CEO Ben Watson says while good progress has been made, more support is still needed with donations actively being sought.

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