Marian University dedicates new science center

September 18, 2018

The dedication of the Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center goes beyond brick and mortar and recognizes the lasting impact of Marian’s 11th President, Dr. Richard Ridenour, and the commitment to creating a space for the innovative education of Marian students.

Upgrading the existing science building provided 17,000 additional square feet and created the opportunity for students to be engaged within state-of-the-art laboratories, research spaces, classrooms and numerous study areas. The Ridenour Science Center was supported by the Fond du Lac community, private and corporate donations, and Marian faculty, staff, students and alumni to strengthen higher education within the region.

“The Ridenour Science Center has been transformational to campus, the community, and students and faculty who have been in this new learning and teaching environment. Our continued success in growing, innovating and creating new opportunities for individuals to graduate with a Marian education is a testament to the community we call home,” said Dr. Andrew Manion, president of Marian University.

A private invitation-only ceremony will be held on Friday, September 21 at 3 p.m. in the Ridenour Science Center atrium. Community members are welcome to attend the official open house during Marian’s Homecoming on Saturday, September 29 from 1 – 4 p.m.

The Ridenour Science Center building features include:

  • Nine teaching labs
  • Three research labs
  • Three prep rooms
  • One computer lab
  • Seven classrooms
  • 18 offices
  • Two student collaboration areas

The Marian Campaign for the Ridenour Science Center is in the final stages of raising $13 million; $1 million for endowed student scholarships and $12 million for the science center. Less than $300,000 in funding remains to be raised for the building and $550,000 for scholarships to reach the goal. If you are interested in learning more about donating to the Dr. Ridenour Science Center or endowed scholarships contact the Office of Advancement at or at 920.923.8604.