The Suter Science Campaign

EMU’s Suter Science Center has served the university well for more than four decades, preparing thousands of alumni to serve and lead in the sciences. Today, we’re poised to take the program into the future with renovation and expanded facilities to better meet the needs of students.

Designs for Phase II of the project are now available in a gallery of architectural renderings.

On December 31, 2013, thanks to the momentum and broad participation of 460 alumni, donors and foundations, the $7 million fundraising goal for the Suter labs renovation was exceeded, totaling $7,581,811. Total gifts and commitments now stand at $7,947,079!

Even as lab renovations are underway, additional planning is underway to address similar HVAC and other infrastructure needs in the western wing of Suter Science Center. The estimated cost of Suter’s west wing renovation is $3.3 million with over $940,000 of funding already committed by generous alumni and donors.

A one of a kind program

The holistic approach of EMU’s one-of-a-kind science program reflects EMU’s values – combining high-tech, hands-on learning in a liberal arts environment with Mennonite values of sustainability, social justice, and service. The result: ethical, well-trained, globally-minded graduates who make a real difference in their respective fields.

Here’s the problem: The quality of EMU’s facilities does not reflect the exemplary faculty and the academic rigor of the programs offered. An upgraded Suter Science Center will allow EMU science programs to keep pace with technology, research and growing trends in various scientific fields.

How you can help

Support the campaign by making a gift or getting involved. With improved classrooms and research labs, advanced technology, and the ability to expand programs and develop new fields of study, this renovated center positions EMU to address global healthcare and environmental challenges.

We celebrate the continued collaboration of EMU faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the broader community to prepare outstanding science graduates to serve and lead locally, regionally and around the world.

To discuss a gift to the Science Campaign or to address any questions or comments, contact: Kirk L. Shisler, Vice President for Advancement, at or 540-432-4499.