Biology Laboratory Complete

Published on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Becker College announces the completion of renovations to one of three science laboratories on its campus in Leicester, Mass. The biology laboratory was completely renovated with new technology, as well as new ventilation, refrigeration, lighting, and more efficient workspaces; features will include Probeware measurement equipment, a digital microscope and projection system, and computer monitors.

Funding for the project was provided by a $250,000 grant from the Allerton Foundation. Renovations to the chemistry laboratory, also funded by the grant, are being planned and will begin in summer 2009. Diane Lenfest-Myer, who graduated from Becker in 1981 with a degree in social services, is a trustee of the Allerton Foundation.

“The support of Ms. Lenfest-Myer and the Allerton Foundation has an invaluable impact on the student experience,” said Interim President Joseph W. Bascuas, Ph.D. “This investment in our infrastructure will enable the college to maintain its leadership position in animal science education and address the increasing shortage of professionals who provide animal care in various settings, including veterinary clinics, laboratories, and animal shelters.”

“The laboratories support a number of majors at Becker,” said Elizabeth V. Fuller, PT, Ed.D., dean of academic affairs. “Students are energized, doing better work in this new space, and it is a gratifying, tangible example of the philanthropy of alumni.”

Becker dedicated the Lenfest Animal Health Center, a teaching veterinary clinic, open to the public, on its Leicester campus, to Mrs. Myer and the Lenfest family in 1997, in honor of their support of animal care programs at the college.