Culver-Stockton dedicates greenhouse
8 months, 3 weeks ago
The new greenhouse has a permanent brick foundation and is already being used by students
Culver-Stockton College formally dedicated the new Collegiate Teaching Greenhouse at Culver-Stockton over the weekend.
Speakers at the event included College President Richard Valentine and Dr. Lauren Schellenberger, chair of the Division of Natural and Mathematic Sciences, and Michelle Hall, a biology student. This greenhouse was made possible donors Ron `56 and Judy Greek, Donald `60 and Cynthia `61 Glover and Julie Glover `85.
The college had a greenhouse prior to the donation of the Collegiate Teaching Greenhouse, but it was rundown and out-of-use. The new greenhouse has a permanent brick foundation and is already being used by students.
“I cannot overemphasize how important it is for students to get their hands dirty,” says Dr. Lauren Schellenberger. “All research shows that students learn best when they design their own experiments, conduct their own research and analyze their own data. That’s exactly what this greenhouse allows us to do. This will not only help biology students, but non-majors as well. ”
Investing in environmental science was important for the donors. “I think this greenhouse provides an opportunity to develop their potential. Students have an opportunity to engage in rigorous consideration, to develop their understanding of the scientific method, develop critical thinking and creative thought. I supremely believe that it was that kind of thing that led me personally to develop confidence to do the things I didn’t I know I could do,” says Don Glover `60, who spent his career as a professor of chemistry at Bradley University.
The funds for the greenhouse were raised as just one part of Culver-Stockton’s capital campaign, “A Vision for Our Future.”