Siloam Springs, Ark (October 10, 2003) - John Brown University is excited to dedicate the newest academic facility on campus. The William H. Bell Science Hall will be dedicated as part of Homecoming Weekend 2004. The dedication chapel will held on Friday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the campus of JBU. Dr. Walter R. Hearn, professor of science and Christianity at New College for Advance Christian Studies will be the honored speaker at the dedication chapel. A ribbon and dedication ceremony will take place immediately following the dedication chapel on the east steps of the hall. The $8.5 million, 44,000 square foot facility is home to the natural science division. Over 80 science majors are currently enrolled in the science division, studying biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Among the building’s state-of-the-art amenities are seven large instructional laboratories in addition to smaller lab spaces that can be used for student and faculty research. A large greenhouse, equipment labs and prep rooms complete the facility. In each lab, network ports have been installed so students can access and record information for research projects. Each classroom has also been equipped with multi-media technology including computers, projection systems, DVD/VHS capabilities. Students began using the facility in January 2003. “We were very excited to move into a facility that is over three times the size of the original science building,” Dr. David Shoop, chair of the natural science division said. “The quality of a JBU education in the sciences will continue to increase because of the research, laboratory experiments, and classroom learning that can occur in this building.” John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.