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Center enters era of new discoveries

Feb. 1, 2001

Several groups take part in ceremony

By LACY ELWOOD & TYLER EMLER

Reporters

A vision for Baylor University's museum studies program was fulfilled Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, part of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum.

President Robert B. Sloan Jr., President Emeritus Herbert H. Reynolds and chairman of the department of museum studies, Calvin B. Smith, addressed the crowd at the ceremony. Reynolds thanked the donors to the project, namely Harry and Anna Jeanes, 1934 Baylor alumni, and Temple's Sue Mayborn, a 2000 recipient of the Herbert H. Reynolds Award. During the ceremony, Sloan named Mayborn as an Alumna Honoris Causa, for her contributions to the university, citizenship, and leadership in the Central Texas area.

The new center is to include the Thomas E. and Emilyne W. Anding Exhibitions Gallery, The Children's World, the Southwestern Bell Discovery Theatre, the AT&T Information Centers, the Doug and Ellen Miller Atrium of Wildlife Art and the Permanent Exhibits Gallery. The current Strecker Museum and Ollie Mae Moen Discovery Center will also become part of the complex.

Sloan said the Strecker Museum has an average of 25,000 visitors each year, with Ollie Mae Moen averaging 70,000 visitors per year. Projections show that more than 200,000 people will visit the new center each year.

'We are very excited about the project,' Sloan said. 'The museum will be a big plus for the academic program and the museum studies program.'

Campaign chair John H. Chiles said the new complex will benefit the entire Waco community.

'It will give them [community members] a place to interact with Baylor,' Chiles said. 'This will be one place where young people can come and get acquainted with Baylor.

Using green and gold painted shovels, donors, committee members, community representatives and university representatives broke the ground for the new center. Construction on the center will begin this summer on land next to the Baylor Alumni Center.

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