Delaware Valley College dedicates Life Sciences Building

Feb 24, 2014

LSB Dedication

The unveiling of the Joseph F. Umosella ’63 Atrium sign in DelVal’s new Life Sciences Building.

The College honored supporters of the new academic building during a formal naming ceremony Feb. 20.

The $15-million Life Sciences Building, clearly visible from Butler Avenue and New Britain Road in Doylestown Township, was lit up for the evening celebration. Participants included faculty, staff and students, plus friends and supporters of the College, government officials and people from the community.

Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, college president, said the new building “is one of the most significant elements of the implementation of our strategic plan,” which calls for growth of graduate and undergraduate programs and the attainment of university status in 2014.

“What a great place to learn, and for our faculty, what a great place to teach,” Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, dean of the School of Life and Physical Sciences, said of the building.

Dr. James Trainer, chair of the board of trustees, told the gathering, “This building will launch us into the future. We are arriving.”

During the dedication, donors who provided leadership gifts were recognized and thanked.

Much of the financing for the building came through the College’s $50 million “Realizing The Vision” campaign. Financial Assistance for the project was provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor. Leadership support for the building was also provided by the Warwick Foundation, as part of their transformational $31 million gift to the College.

At the ceremony, the College unveiled signs for areas of the building named for the following supporters:  the George I. Alden Trust, Dr. James and Elizabeth Diamond of Ottsville, Pa.,  and the late Joseph Umosella of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dr. James Diamond and his wife, Betty, have given $2.5 million to the Realizing The Vision campaign, and the south wing of the building was named the James E. ’61 and Elizabeth R. Diamond Wing in their honor. Dr. Diamond, a graduate of the Class of 1961, is a former dean of agriculture and environmental sciences at DelVal.

The late Joe Umosella made a seven-figure investment in the project, and the building’s atrium was named the Joseph F. Umosella ’63 Atrium in his memory and honor. Umosella was an alumnus from the Class of 1963.

A teachable space on the lower level with a whiteboard and seating for a small group of students was named the George I Alden Trust Study Area.

In addition, major gift support for the building was provided by William and Laurie Schutt to enhance the auditorium/theater. At present, more than 120 donors have purchased a seat in the auditorium. Donors names will be included on the seats as part of the Have a Seat program.

Dr. Brosnan also thanked state officials, including State Sen. Charles McIlhinney and State Rep. Marguerite Quinn, for providing the project with state grants of $5.7 million.

“The new anatomy lab has bio students swooning,” said Emily Kraft, a senior majoring in biology who spoke at the event.

The building houses classrooms, labs, conference rooms, study areas and a 450-seat auditorium. Performing in the auditorium after the speeches was the Doylestown-based Delaware Valley Saxophone Quartet.

Classes began in the building Jan. 13.