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Grand Opening for Enzi STEM Facility Scheduled March 29

March 22, 2016
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UW students listen to Paige Perry (left) during her Life Sciences 1020 course in one of the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility lab classrooms. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility are scheduled March 29. (UW Photo)

Two months after it opened to students, the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility will have its official grand opening with its namesake present.

The Enzi STEM Facility at the University of Wyoming will host a grand opening Tuesday, March 29. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m., with tours to follow from 11-11:45 a.m. U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, for whom the facility is named, Gov. Matt Mead and UW President Dick McGinity are among those scheduled to speak.

Naming the building after Enzi was proposed by former Gov. David Freudenthal, who saw an opportunity to honor Enzi’s contribution to education and propelling the state forward in science, technology math and engineering (STEM), says Chris Boswell, UW’s vice president for government and community affairs. Enzi also secured Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funds to construct the $50 million building.

The three-story, 107,000-square foot facility -- located on the northwest corner of campus -- is home to most freshman- and sophomore-level science lab courses. The building opened Jan. 25 at the start of the spring semester.

The facility includes more than 30 labs (including computational science and mathematics labs); small active-learning classrooms; and storage and set-up space for lab equipment. The building houses physics on the first floor; life sciences occupy the second floor; and chemistry is located on the third floor.

The facility provides science majors with learning opportunities and experiences that will propel them in their scientific careers; expose all UW students to the significance of science; celebrate science with the public; and serve as a key component of UW’s Science Initiative.

For those wishing to attend the event, the Campus Commuter shuttle route is the best option due to restricted parking in the area near the Enzi STEM Facility. The shuttle can be boarded at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, located at 222 S. Second St. A bus picks up passengers every 10 minutes at the shuttle stop located on the east side of 22nd Street. Visitors can park in the War Memorial parking lot. Travel time to the Enzi STEM Facility is about 10 minutes.

Additionally, the Campus Commuter shuttle runs out of the free Express Lot, located at 30th and Willett streets. Buses stopping there run westbound every 10 minutes. Travel time to the Enzi STEM Facility is 12-15 minutes.

For visitors who want to self-park, parking will be limited, but available in campus parking lots (10th and Lewis, Anthropology and Wyo Hall/McWhinnie Hall/College of Education) located along Lewis Street. Ticketing will be suspended from 9 a.m.-noon that day.

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