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Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Slated for the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences

Oct 9, 2009
Ribbon-cutting at the Mathile CenterOhio Northern University will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences at 4 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 16.

The student-centered academic research and learning facility blends hands-on teaching excellence with advanced technology in a functional modern environment. The building includes 21 classrooms, five seminars/conference rooms, 21 laboratories, 34 offices and four storage spaces. The 95,145-square-foot structure connects the Meyer Hall of Science with the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy building.

Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Ohio Northern University president, said, "The new building has become the cornerstone of our signature science programs, and it will continue to meet the needs of science as technology continues to evolve. It is also a tribute to the Mathile family, which has supported the students and programs of ONU."

The Mathile Center is named for Clayton and MaryAnn Mathile, who initiated the campaign to construct the center by pledging $5 million, plus an additional $5 million in matching funds.

Clayton Mathile graduated from ONU in 1962 with a business administration degree. After seven years with the Campbell Soup Company, he joined the Iams Company in 1970. The Mathiles became sole owners of Iams in 1982 and sold the company to Procter & Gamble in 1999.

In 1998, the Mathiles established the Mathile Family Foundation as a vehicle for sharing the many blessings of their business success. The Foundation strives to foster hope, inspire change and impact children in need. MaryAnn is the Foundation's CEO, board chair and treasurer; Clayton and all five of their children are represented on the board of trustees.

The Mathiles will participate in the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony, which will be presided over by Baker. Dr. Jeffrey Gray, ONU professor and chairman of the department of chemistry, and Chase Baumgartner, a senior forensic biology major from Ossian, Ind., will make remarks.

The Mathile Scholars with Dr. and Mrs. Mathile, Dr. and Mrs. Baker

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