Rieke Science Center campaign aims for $6 million goal, bring center into 21st century
As PLU’s fundraising campaign crosses the $119 million mark – $19 million above the university’s original goal – the entire PLU community looks to the work and effort of the last two years with pride and hope for the future. And now, it’s time to get back to work.
Of particular focus now is the 26-year-old, 88,500 square-foot Rieke Science Center. The facility has served the Division of Natural Sciences well, however, the building is outdated and requires upgrades to meet the needs of faculty members and the students they are educating particularly because undergraduate student and faculty research is one hallmark of a PLU education.
The Louis and Lydia Sheffels Biology Laboratory, which would not have been possible without the support of Carol Sheffels (’58) Quigg, Jerry Sheffels ’54 and the entire Sheffels family, was completed last year.
“The Rieke Science Center is an important part of the education of PLU students going out into the world,” Carol Sheffels Quigg said.
The lab is the first of many renovations planned for Rieke. The goal is to raise $6 million for an overall upgrade of the building. Currently, gifts to the university for Rieke Science Center have reached $2.1 million.
All this points to continued efforts to create a space where PLU’s students have the resources and support to meet the demands of scientific inquiry in the 21st Century. To learn more about the renovation of Rieke Science Center, and the variety of naming of the science center or call 800-826-0035.