This fall, construction continues on the Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields and Science Hall at Saint Mary’s.According to the College’s website, both projects are funded through the completed $105 million Faith Always, Action Now campaign. According to the Saint Mary’s Facebook page, Patricia Wiedner Purcell and her husband Paul are significant benefactors of the new athletic complex. Purcell is a 1969 Saint Mary’s graduate and a member of the Board of Trustees.After initial planning in 2008-2009, the construction team broke ground on the fields in spring 2015 and plans to have them completed by late October 2015, Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects, said.“The concept for this project arose out of an inherent need to continue to make significant improvements to our athletic complexes while enhancing the experience for our student-athletes and fans,” Stahly said. Photo courtesy of Gwen O’Brien Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects at Saint Mary’s, stands with Ben Bowman, director of facilities.Stahly said when construction is completed, there will be new soccer, lacrosse and softball fields, as well as new lighting, scoreboards and press boxes for each field. Interconnecting sidewalks will lead from entry gates to various buildings and bleachers.“[Students should expect] an increase in the competitive nature and livelihood for all of our athletes with a positively correlated experience for the fans and spectators,” Stahly said. “This will also allow for multiple practices and games to occur simultaneously.”The construction directly impacts the Saint Mary’s soccer team this season. According to the the team’s website, all home games in 2015 will be played at the Jr. Irish Soccer Club’s Airport field six, near South Bend Regional AirportIn communication to College staff, director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said fourteen maple trees were removed during construction. The timber will be used in a future Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex, for which fundraising is still in progress, O’Brien wrote.Construction is also being done on campus to update Science Hall. According to Saint Mary’s website, the renovation for Science Hall was funded by Jennifer Mathile Prikkel, a member of the class of 1995, and her parents Clayton and MaryAnn Mathile.Plans for Science Hall have been in the works since 2010, with construction beginning in spring 2015. Stahly said the College plans to have the renovations completed by fall 2016.“This carefully planned phased renovation to the Science Hall will create new learning and study spaces that encourage collaboration between peers, not only in their own department but across disciplines as well,” Stahly said.Science Hall was originally built in 1956 and was renovated in 1985. Today, the two-story building houses undergraduate classrooms and research activities for 10 science departments, Stahly said.“In both professional and academic settings, scientific inquiry increasingly relies on active collaboration among colleagues who offer different skill sets and perspectives,” Stahly said. “Yet the majority of science students still learn in traditional classrooms built for isolated, passive student learning.”Stahly said collaborative learning will be encouraged with the installment of shared teaching and research areas on the first and second floors. Science Hall will also include multiple classrooms that seat more than 20 students, two research labs and four new faculty offices, in addition to more renovations.In the renovated basement of Science Hall, students will experience two new physics labs, a 48-seat classroom, new bathroom facilities, three offices, a lab prep room and a research lab. A three-zone automated controls greenhouse is already completed, he said.“We anticipate this design will reflect a highly adaptive facility which will support interactive, collaborative and experimental learning, enhancing the development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” Stahly said.“This project, with the right kind of classrooms, will allow students to begin thinking in ways that break down the walls between disciplines and help them understand the integrated nature of what they are studying,” he said.Tags: Austin Stahly, Construction, Faith Always Action Now, Patrica Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields, Saint Mary’s Science Hall
-Running Brave ladies sizzleBy Faizool DeoTHE POLICE Progressive Youth Club was able to dominate the 15-and-under division and pip the Guyana Defence Force in the senior events during the one-day Jubilee Relay Meet, which was held yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Although there were no overall trophies, the clubs and schools still battled for prizes and pride in the event sponsored and organised by the Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport and the Athletics Association of Guyana.In the 15-and-under division, Police finished with 54 points with Tutorial High School and Mercury Fast Laners tied for second with 30 points, while DeChallengers finished just behind on 28 points.(L-r) Shoquane Daniels, Shequita Marcus, Ruth Sanmoogan and Alisha Fortune copped three wins at the meet to run away with over $100,000 in cash.In the 19-and-under division, Hopetown Flames finished with 48 points, while Mercury Fast Laners finished with 43 points, Police Progressive Youths placed third on 40 points and Mackenzie High School on 33 points. Meanwhile, in the 20-plus age group (seniors), Police finished on 56 points, while GDF finished with 52 points, the University of Guyana on 33 points and Running Brave on 30 points.DOMINANT RUNNING BRAVESDespite the overall results, bragging rights and cash incentives were up for grabs in the senior division and for the females—Running Braves were unstoppable.Ruth Sanmoogan, Shoquane Daniels, Shequita Marcus and Alisha Fortune were able to win the 800M sprint medley, the 4x100M relay and the 4x200M relay.In the 800M sprint medley, with Sanmoogan anchoring, the ladies clocked 1:48.77 on a wet track under overcast conditions. Police athletes (Cassie Tixie, Kenesha Halley, Alita Moore and Cassie Small) placed second in 1:49.68.In the 4X100M relay, 45-year-old former Sportswoman of the Year, Fortune anchored the side to 48.80s, to pip Police who finished in 49.64s.The Guyana Defence Force A (Eureka Williams, Aniquah Powley, Nikita Joseph and Tonya Rawlins) finished a fraction behind in 49.67s.GDF had a chance to defeat Running Brave in the 4x200M race. Shaquane had given the eventual winners a good start, but Fortune was outpaced by Rawlins, which carried the soldiers ahead by the halfway mark. Marcus though ran down Maria Urquhart and medical student Sanmoogan made no mistake as she anchored the side to victory.Running Brave finished the 4x200M in 1:44.55, while GDF clocked 1:45.66 and Police Sports Club 1:45.71.In the senior male division, Police (Samuel Lynch, Royston Fordyce, Quacy Morian and Cleveland Thomas) won the Distance Medley (2400m) event in a time of 5:39.48, with GDF ‘A’ just behind in 5:39.50.GDF sprinters avenged their middle distance runners and took both the 4x100M and the 4x200M races.In the 4x100M relay, the team of Yannick Williams, Leslain Baird, Brian Roman and Akeem Stewart powered GDF to first place in 41.46s, just ahead of Police (Stephon Boodie, Linton Mentis, Titus Webster and Davin Fraser) who finished in 41.57s.Hopetown Flames ‘A’ clocked third in 44.38s.Leslain Baird celebrates GDF’s victory in the 4x200M raceMeanwhile, in the 4x200M relay, Stewart stormed GDF into the lead, and Roman and Michael James kept the pace, which left national javelin record holder, Baird, to seal the win in 1:27.86s. Police finished second in 1:28.37s, while the University of Guyana ‘A’ team placed third.The two top clubs split the mixed relays.Police won the 19-and-under 4x400M. The team of Deniro Persaud, Donna Lowe, Courtly Bobb and Odessa France clocked 3:55.87, ahead of Hopetown Flames ‘A’ (3:58.00) and Mercury Fast Laners (4:26.39).In the senior 4x400M mixed relay, Police experimented by anchoring with Alita Moore, the hope was that their other athletes would have given her the lead that she needed, but that was not the case and Michael James was able to chance her down and surge ahead. GDF finished in 3:55.57, while Police clocked 4:11.63 and UG 4:25.55.