The Halbert-Walling Research Center has moved ACU’s science facilities into the 21st century, providing an innovative, collaborative and sustainable place for students to research and study God’s creation.
The 54,000-square-foot facility opened for classes in January 2017 and serves as the new home for the departments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry and the Body and Soul program for pre-health students. Its laboratories, classrooms and lecture hall boast state-of-the-art equipment and modern designs.
“Moving into Halbert-Walling has felt like moving into the future,” said Diego Zometa, sophomore chemistry major from Sonsonate, El Salvador, at the grand opening ceremony for the center Feb. 18. “Everything is up-to-date. Our labs are equipped with new technology, and I know we’re going to achieve incredible things in this space. I’m thankful the university invested in me and in the sciences.”
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The opportunities for study and research that will be available in Halbert-Walling will provide students with competitive advantages as they enter the job market or continue their education, said Dr. Jeff Arrington (’82), associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Just as important, the relationships developed with their peers and with faculty will last for years.
“It’s in the context of these relationships that we are able to teach about life, to share life and faith with our students,” Arrington said. “These relationships, formed so often in the special spaces and activities of our disciplines, are where we truly achieve the mission of Abilene Christian University.”
“My work at ACU prepared me well for research in medical school. This summer, I did clinical research in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and will be presenting my findings at the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans in February.”
“The classes [at ACU] were very well taught. I didn't have to re-learn anything when I got to dental school. And the professors took a personal interest in us. They'd invite us over to their houses and check up on how we were doing with our grad school applications. They weren't just teachers - they were great mentors and leaders.”
“I knew ACU had a great reputation for getting its students into medical school. The professors start molding and preparing you your freshman year. The students coming from ACU are exactly the type of students every medical school wants.”