Avila U Complex Named After S. Marie Joan Harris

sister marie joan harris


Kansas City: CSJ-Sponsored Avila University announces the science and health complex scheduled to be completed by next fall in O’Rielly Hall will be established as the Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D. Science & Health Complex.

Sister Marie began her career at Avila in 1970 as a chemistry professor. She was instrumental in the creation and development of the Avila Advantage Program for working adults and led the initiative to create the Avila Value Statements.

In her position as the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, Sister Marie has shaped a top-notch faculty and been at the forefront of keeping Avila’s curriculum on the cutting edge of higher education.

Fittingly, the Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D. Science & Health Complex will establish a state-of-the-art learning center for current students and generations to come. This project includes the renovation of the microbiology and chemistry labs as well as the creation of a new general science lab. 

The new labs all will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, including laptop and netbook computers for collecting and analyzing data, computer simulation software, lecture capture systems and other equipment used in science education.

Infrastructure will be updated providing a safer, more efficient work environment for students and faculty. This renovation will allow Avila to prepare students to be influential healthcare leaders.

The complex also will include a wall honoring Sister Marie and recognizing the donors that helped this project.

"I am thrilled and honored that we can recognize her 43 years of service and leadership in a profound way and with such a lasting legacy," says Avila President Ron Slepitza.

Learn more about Avila University at www.avila.edu.



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