University of Jamestown’s McKenna Thielsch Center will be open and ready when classes begin Aug. 26, providing a learning environment with state-of-the-art equipment and highly qualified faculty to prepare students for science-based careers as well as for graduate and professional school.

“As a liberal arts institution, we value the sciences as an integral part of University of Jamestown,” says President Robert S. Badal. “Having a state-of-the-art facility is vital as we move the College forward.”

The 20,500-square-foot building houses six laboratories for the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, two simulation laboratories for the Department of Nursing, a student research lab, and a greenhouse.

“There are just a few odds and ends left on the punch list and some exterior details,” says Tom Heck, Vice President for Planning and Administrative Services. “We’re in good shape to be ready for the start of the semester.”

The second phase of the project, a complete renovation of the adjacent Orlady Hall into office space and classrooms, is well underway and will continue throughout the 2013-14 school year.

The McKenna Thielsch Center is named for 1943 Jamestown College graduate Margaret (McKenna) Thielsch, who contributed the lead gift toward the project. The combined 38,000-square-foot complex will be the College’s largest academic building.

Polly Peterson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Business Affairs, says fundraising for the project is nearing completion.

“The support of alumni and friends of University of Jamestown has been both humbling and exciting,” she says. “Great things are happening here because people believe in the value of the educational experience we provide. As this new facility opens this fall, it brings me such joy to know that the fundraising is just shy of reaching the $9 million goal.”

University of Jamestown at a glance

Financial Aid

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Athletic Scholarships
  • Fine Arts Performance Awards
  • Journey Awards

Campus Demographics

Placement Rate

1,100 students from 36 states and 22 countries

Student to Faculty Ratio - 13:1