Posted on Apr 27, 2018 in Campus News and News
As the Earth, Energy and Environment Center wraps up its first semester, Slawson and Ritchie halls are welcoming the public to see KU’s newest school buildings.
Slawson Hall hosted a formal dedication ceremony for the two buildings on April 25, where Chancellor Girod shared remarks. Other speakers included with Robert Goldstein, provost’s special adviser for campus development; Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment, and Bryan Rodriguez-Colon, a graduate student in geology.
“The University of Kansas aspires to make discoveries that change the world — and the Earth, Energy & Environment Center positions KU researchers to do exactly that in areas related to energy, natural resources and the environment,” Girod said. “Thanks to these new facilities, the university will continue to be at the forefront of efforts to address challenges and create opportunities that shape our society for years to come.”
Members of the Lawrence community are invited to come see the building themselves at an opening celebration from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5. The event is free and includes activities for children and adults:
- A rock pile where children can search for stones and fossils to keep, with geologists on hand to identify them
- An augmented reality sandbox for participants to create models of geologic events and features like floods, landslides and lakes
- Demonstrations of the new state-of-the-art lab equpiment
- An exhibit of core samples, a cola-fueled volcano, showings of “Jurassic Park” and more
Maps will be available for self-guided tours. Guided tours will also take place to show the inner workings of the facility.