Rust signs contract for science, math building


The centerpiece of Rust College’s National Development Campaign took a major step closer on Oct. 6 when contracts were signed for the construction of a science and mathematics annex to McDonald Hall on the Holly Springs campus.


McDonald Hall has served as Science and Mathematics Center since 1965.


“It will bring our science facility into a total complex,” said Dr. David Beckley. “Most importantly it will provide additional research and teaching space for our growing science division.”


The annex will adjoin the existing science building where the college has invested almost $2 million in upgrades.


The college’s tradition of excellence in the sciences, combined with the influence of science on contemporary society, form the foundation for the college’s efforts to strengthen and expand science learning.


“The $2 million toward the science project was underestimated when it was started five years ago,” said Beckley. “Due to Hurricane Katrina, the building cost has gone up at least 25 percent to 30 percent over the last three years.”


The annex will enable Rust to widen and deepen the educational foundation it provides for a wide variety of careers in research, medicine, teaching, industry, government, law, public policy and other fields.


Groundbreaking for the $4.7 million annex is scheduled for noon on Nov. 12.


Naming opportunities are available for family members as a memorial or an honorarium to a family member or loved one, to commemorate a graduating class at Rust, a gift from a church, corporation, business or other forms of philanthropic giving.


To make a donation to the science and mathematics annex at Rust College, contact Dr. Ishmell H. Edwards, Vice President, 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, MS  38635; 662-252-8000-ext. 4012;