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Gov. Sundquist and Rep. Head to participate in science complex dedication

September 10, 2001

The dedication of the Sundquist Science Complex and the Tommy Head Atrium is slated for 1:30 p.m., Sept. 17, on the front lawn of the building on College Street, followed by a reception afterwards on the fountain plaza of the building. Tours will be offered.

After a welcome and introductions by APSU President Sherry Hoppe and greetings by Dr. Charles Manning, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, there will be remarks by several dignitaries, including Gov. Don Sundquist and Rep. Tommy Head.

Dr. Joe Greer, a successful Memphis dentist, entrepreneur and past president of the APSU National Alumni Association, will speak. A 1970 graduate, Greer was a chemistry major and biology minor.

Joining Sundquist, Head, Manning, Greer and Hoppe for the ribbon-cutting will be James Thomas and Don Jenkins, representing the APSU Foundation board of trustees, along with department chairs of the science programs housed in the building.

The Sundquist Science Complex, one of the South's premier science education facilities, is a two-way record-breaker: With a price tag of $38 million, the building represents the most money ever appropriated by the legislature for the construction of a classroom building; and its 180,000-gross-square feet make it APSU's largest facility.

The central atrium, named for Head, has display areas for scientific exhibits. Depicting 75 years of APSU history, a mural currently being painted by APSU Professor of Art Max Hochstetler will adorn the atrium walls. Hochstetler is best known for painting the massive mural in the Tennessee Room of Opryland Hotel. The science building also features: