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Various ECU officials get ready to cut the purple and gold ribbon, signifying the official opening of Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building.

A large group of Pirate faculty and family gathered on the newly paved parking lot of the East Carolina University Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building, located at the corner of Evans Street and East Tenth Street, on Nov. 11 for its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Chancellor Philip Rogers, ECU Board of Trustee (BOT) members, Greenville City Council members and guests congregated to celebrate the opening of ECU's newest asset. Rogers said he was honored to speak in front of the guests on behalf of the Life Sciences and Biotechnology building’s opening. 

“In every single way, today is a celebration. Today is a day of celebration for the incredible new asset that now stands tall in our community right behind me here and it’s a day of celebration for the countless opportunities this new facility will provide for our campus, our community and for our region,” Rogers said. 

Rogers thanked the companies, development groups and individuals who made the construction of this new center possible in his speech before he and BOT members cut the ribbon to officially open the building. 

A shared vision and a shared sense of community is what this project prevailed on, Rogers said. The Life Sciences and Biotechnology building is just a reflection of the vision that Rogers and the BOT have for ECU. 

“Of course, I feel very fortunate to be on the receiving end of a very dedicated and committed East Carolina University Board of Trustees,” Rogers said. “Many of our board members are here with us today, and in every way over the last eight months, they have demonstrated and proven they are an active and engaged and committed and unified Board of Trustees working on the behalf of our mission and our vision at East Carolina University.” 

Micheal VanScott, interim associate vice chancellor for research at ECU, listed some environmental challenges that eastern North Carolinians face, but he also said the Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building is going to be a place where solutions to those challenges can be expanded on. 

VanScott said the most important thing this new facility accomplishes is taking steps to fulfill ECU’s mission to fuel student success. 

“As you tour this building, I would like you to consider what I think is our most important mission and that is maximizing student success,” VanScott said. “We do this not only through our degree programs and classroom instruction but through all of our beyond the classroom experiences helps students to discover and develop their talents and figure out their pathways to fulfilling, hopefully, a lucrative career.” 

After several speakers, ECU BOT members and Rogers lined up behind a purple ribbon with gold scissors to open the new Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building.

Danielle Jusko, public health studies graduate student, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony with a friend and co-worker. She said she works with ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness department and the ceremony was only a short block away from her office. She said she was excited to see and support a new building on ECU’s campus. 

“We just wanted to come out and support the opening of the new building. It’s a new space for us (ECU students) to bring our research to,” Jusko said. 

The new research center and learning facility brings another great opportunity to the science disciplines, Jusko said.

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