Celebrating Notre Dame and STEM

Easterwood Wing naming ceremony today celebrated science, art, technology and empowering young women for a future in STEM.

The official naming of the Timothy J. Easterwood Science, Art and Technology Wing was celebrated this afternoon by a crowd of nearly 100 school faculty, staff, students and administration officials in Notre Dame's media center. 

The event began with remarks by Notre Dame Head of School Andy Guest, who discussed the new facility as well as the now-concluded $7-million March on to Victory capital campaign, which led to the construction of the building. 

Guest thanked Tim Easterwood, who contributed $1 million to the campaign, and he thanked the many other campaign donors, including NDPMA faculty and staff, whose gifts to the campaign were recognized with the naming of both Prayer Gardens located in the Mary Courtyard outside of the new wing.

The Easterwood Wing, which totals more than 20,000 square feet, was completed in August 2018. It includes a one-story science, technology and arts wing that houses science laboratory facilities, a number of collaborative learning classrooms, a robotics center and two fine-arts studios.

After his opening remarks today during the naming event, Guest introduced ND Prep students Mariana Ortiz Luna, a senior, and Ava Vandenberghe, a sophomore, who talked about STEM and what the new facility means to them as current students. They also said it will have a positive affect on many future Notre Dame students.

Easterwood, who was on hand today at the event, then spoke about what led to his decision to make his gift to the campaign. With a daughter, Ella, currently attending Notre Dame as a sophomore, he had said he was particularly excited about being able to help empower her and future generations of young women to consider college studies and careers in the STEM fields.

During today’s naming ceremony, NDP senior Mariana Ortiz Luna, above, and Ava Vandenberghe, a sophomore, below, talked about the importance of studying STEM and the arts in a high school setting.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Cristina Aldo, an NDP sophomore, sang Notre Dame’s Alma Mater.

Head of School Andy Guest conducts a tour of the new wing’s robotics center for Tim Easterwood and his family and friends.

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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Prep enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's Marist Academy enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. NDPMA is an International Baccalaureate "World School" and is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers. It is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org