A generous donation from a Tooele couple has launched a $1 million campaign for technology to be incorporated in a new science building for the Utah State University – Tooele Campus.
Joe D. and Rosalie England made a $100,000 donation towards the construction of a new science building to be built on the USU-Tooele campus south of the Tooele County School District’s Community Learning Center.
“This donation is very significant,” said Donna Dillingham-Evans, dean of USU-Tooele. “It shows local support for higher education here in Tooele County.”
The $9.8 million, 33,000-square-foot science building is an important step in the evolution of USU’s distance education system, according to Dillingham-Evans.
The facility will include labs for biology, chemistry and physics, a research lab, an anatomy and physiology lab as well as classroom and office space. It will be the first new USU building on 54 acres of ground that USU obtained from Tooele City for future expansion of its campus.
The architect for the project is Method Studio, a Salt Lake City-based architect and design firm that designed the new Tooele Applied Technology College. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for May 15.
The new building will make it possible for USU-Tooele to offer a bachelor of science degree in biology, including the requisite chemistry and physics classes.
The building will include technology that will allow instruction to be both broadcast in from other campuses, as well as the ability to broadcast instruction to other campuses in real time.
“The ability to broadcast opens the door to offer biology and the other associated science classes to other remote locations throughout Utah,” said Dillingham-Evans.
The technology to extend biology classes to Tooele and other distance education centers opens the door to not only offer a degree in biology, but also to offer science courses throughout the USU distance education system.
Those courses support general education science classes required for undergraduate degrees and other programs that require biology such as an associate degree in nursing and a registered nurse training program.
The England’s donation is part of a $1 million fundraising campaign to raise from private donors the cost of the technology for broadcasting.
“This building will put us on the cutting edge of instruction not only in Utah but across the country,” said Dillingham-Evans. “Buildings like this would not be possible without the generosity of people like the Englands.”
Shortly after announcing their donation, the Englands departed Tooele to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Canada.