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SC Johnson donates $500,000 in support of science education at UW-Parkside

A digital rendering of the envisioned SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab at UW-Parkside, post renovation. Image courtesy of 'The Journal Times.' 

The College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside received the largest single donation in its history this week. The gift of $500,000 was donated jointly by SC Johnson and the Racine Community Foundation. The contribution comes at a time when enrollment in science and health majors at UW-Parkside has seen a 30 percent increase over five years ago. The College of Natural and Health Sciences comprises more than a third of the students enrolled at the university.

The donation will assist the university in providing more opportunities for students, such as scientific career exploration and research fellowships, and a number of building improvements that will help establish new space for science learning. The improvements will include a renovated SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab, to be named in recognition of the gift from the locally-based, leading manufacturer of global household brands. The new lab will be fitted with the most up-to-date research technology.

"This high-quality lab space will enhance educational experiences for local students," said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "We're thrilled the new SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab will help support future science professionals who are better prepared for the workforce, and will assist with meeting future workforce demands of the region."

UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford lauded the donation as "transformational."

"The strength and vibrancy of our communities depend on access to quality education and access to meaningful career opportunities," Ford said. "SC Johnson has provided rewarding careers for hundreds of UW-Parkside graduates and internship opportunities for our students to enhance their educational experience, and helped facilitate community discussions to shape and create an engaged educational experience offered by the university."

A formal lab-opening and naming ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 31 at 4:15 p.m. in Greenquist Hall on campus. The event will include lab tours and equipment demonstrations.

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