Thursday, October 01, 2009

500k for Health Sciences at Puget Sound

Philanthropy Magazine reports that "the University of Puget Sound received $500,000 commitment from Carl and Renee Behnke of Seattle for design and construction new Center for Health Sciences."

Exciting: There's more on our university website. Snippet:

The Center for Health Sciences is the centerpiece of both Puget Sound's 20-year master plan for campus development and the academic strategic plan. The venue will combine in one facility the undergraduate research and teaching disciplines of exercise science and psychology with the college's graduate clinical and research studies in occupational and physical therapy. The center will house the interdisciplinary neuroscience program, to be directed by a recently funded endowed chair in that field. It also will provide resources for the university's occupational and physical therapy clinics, which provide more than 300 patients annually with free health care services.

"Through my many years on the board of trustees, I have seen University of Puget Sound grow to become a leading liberal arts college with strong leadership and a compelling vision for preparing students for the future," Carl Behnke said. "Renee and I are very pleased to be able to make this contribution to the new Center for Health Sciences, which will offer extraordinary opportunities for both students and faculty, and support the development of new realms of research and discovery in the health sciences."

Emerging out of the university's comprehensive master plan, the center is being designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Seattle. Construction is expected to begin in 2010. The facility will be located at the south end of campus, along N.11th Street, with convenient access for clinic patients who are served by students in the occupational and physical therapy programs. Combined with the Commencement Walk landscape element in the university's master plan, the new center will knit the north and south sectors of campus into a unified whole.