Thanks to a special group of supporters, Missouri Southern’s Reynolds Hall – one of the first buildings on campus – has undergone a much-needed renovation. Donors who contributed to the recently completed Reynolds Hall renovation project were recognized during a special reception on Sept. 15.

Rather than christen the renovated building by breaking a ceremonial bottle of champagne, James Donelson, head of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, poured liquid nitrogen over bouquets of bright yellow flowers, which were then broken across a table in one of the new tiered classrooms.

Reynolds Hall, MSSU’s science and mathematics building, was one of the first buildings constructed at the university in the late 1960s. An expansion in 1988 nearly doubled its size. The building is named for the late L.R. Reynolds, an original member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents.

The recent renovations to the first floor included construction of tiered classrooms, biology labs and math classrooms, a student study room and computer area. Work on the third floor included chemical and physical science classes and labs, a tiered classroom and faculty offices. The project was completed in time for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

“These renovations, combined with the one-of-a-kind Yours to Lose – Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program partnership with KCU, are allowing us to pursue a different caliber of student,” said Donelson. “Our graduates have never been better prepared to enter the workforce.”

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