Earth, Energy, and Environment Center Dedication

The university hosted a dedication ceremony of the new Earth, Energy and Environment Center at 10 a.m. April 25 in Beren Auditorium in Slawson Hall.

The ceremony featured remarks from Chancellor Douglas A. Girod; Robert Goldstein, provost’s special adviser for campus development; Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment, and Bryan Rodriguez-Colon, a graduate student in geology. The Slawson and Ritchie families, whose private gifts funded a significant portion of the project, unveiled bronze dedication plaques; both buildings were then opened for a reception and self-guided tours.

“The University of Kansas aspires to make discoveries that change the world — and the Earth, Energy & Environment Center positions KU researchers to do exactly that in areas related to energy, natural resources and the environment,” Girod said. “Thanks to these new facilities, the university will continue to be at the forefront of efforts to address challenges and create opportunities that shape our society for years to come.”

The Earth, Energy & Environment Center creates a new collaboration space for student and faculty researchers in geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. The project was led by Goldstein, Haas Distinguished Professor of Geology, as a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.

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Ritchie family with building plaqueCourtyard of Lindley, Slawson and Ritchie HallDr Robert Goldstein addresses the crowd during the dedication program

From left to right: Slawson Family, Ritchie Family, EEEC Courtyard, Dr. Robert Goldstein presents the program. 

Reception following dedication of EEECUnveiling of building plaques by Slawson and Ritchie familiesMosasaur in EEEC building

From left to right: Reception outside of the Beren Petroleum Center Auditorium-Slawson Hall, unveiling the dedication plaques, mosasaur exhibit in the EEEC atrium.


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