Gerry and Pat Schuetzenhofer work in the Edwardsville real estate industry and realize the impact SIUE and its graduates have on the region. For that reason, the couple made the decision to support the University’s efforts to create an ideal environment for teaching science.
"We know that SIUE has a strong commitment to science education – it has a great dental program and a great pharmacy program," said Gerry, president of Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors. "There's a significant need in our area for more pharmacists, doctors and other professionals in the science fields. We're proud to help SIUE meet this important need in our community."
As the country's economy rapidly evolves, SIUE, with gifts from supporters like Gerry and Pat, is preparing students for the emerging careers and challenges of the 21st century.
Part of that commitment comes from SIUE's construction of a new Science Building, which broke ground on Dec. 2, 2009. Expected to open in fall 2012, the new Science Building, located southwest of the existing facility, will have more state-of-the-art classrooms to meet demand for chemistry and biology courses, allowing SIUE science students to receive better training and make a greater impact in the region after they graduate. The building will also incorporate a number of high-tech environmentally friendly features including a white roof to reduce heat load, low-flow water fixtures, high efficiency windows and occupancy sensors that will adjust lighting and air conditioning to energy-saving levels when the building is not in use.
As part of the $78.9 million project, SIUE also will renovate the current Science Building, the third structure completed on SIUE's core campus, which opened in September 1966. The project will create 20 state-of-the-art teaching labs, 49 research labs and 65 faculty offices. Most importantly, it will increase capacity for students on waiting lists eager to learn but unable to enroll in the courses they need because of a lack of classroom and laboratory space.
Donor support for the Science Building project helps sustain SIUE as an engine for scientific discovery and education in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. The Science Building will help attract and retain some of the top professors in the country in fields such as nursing, dental medicine, pharmacy and engineering, as well as the biological and physical sciences.