Cornell College Russell Science Center Topping Out Ceremony
It’s tradition to hold a topping out ceremony to celebrate the milestone in the construction process.
The Russell Science Center is the first new academic building constructed on the Cornell College campus in 40 years. It’s located near the current West Hall, and just south of South Hall. The $35 million project, to be funded completely through philanthropy, is moving forward at an accelerated pace due to a leadership gift of $20 million by alumna Jean Russell ’65.
Alumni, staff, students, faculty, and the community are welcome to sign their name to the beam before it gets hoisted by a crane to the top of the building. People can sign the beam from 12-5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The official ceremony will begin following Homecoming Convocation.
Cornell College, a selective liberal Arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of the “Colleges That Change Lives.” The academic immersion of its One Course At A Time curriculum allows students to focus on a single academic subject per 18-day block. With a student body from 45 states and 20 foreign countries, and renowned faculty, speakers, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.