MVNU dedicates microbiology lab in honor of Elaine Mahaffey
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (November 17, 2022) — The Elaine (Toler) Mahaffey Microbiology Lab was officially dedicated during Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Homecoming festivities, Nov. 12.
“When Amy and I brought Anna here on a visit, we walked into this space, and I was so overcome with emotion knowing this was going to be possible and eventually to happen. I want to thank Dr. Spaulding and James (Smith) for helping make this happen and anyone that’s helped give. This means a lot to us,” said son, Robert.
Dr. Geoffrey Fuller, biology professor, pointed out major improvements in the lab and explained why they are so important to the educational experience for faculty and students.
“Hopefully the first thing you notice is just the space. For us that is such a gift,” Fuller said. “We talk a lot about being able to come alongside our students, we mean that literally. The ability to walk up behind and get next to them and look at the things that they’re doing it just it makes a difference.”
Modifications include raised lab tables to provide more comfortable workspaces that also allow students and professors the ability to easily access and share equipment and data. Technology upgrades allow professors to work simultaneously with students to illustrate processes and techniques and the new air purification system will cycle in fresh air every six minutes.
“Most importantly, I feel like when you walk into this room it feels like people care about the program,” Fuller said. “You know this is something that people were willing to invest in because it’s important. That’s something I want to continue to be able to communicate to our students and I’m grateful for the help that you’ve given us in that.”
Senior Ryan O’Donnell expressed his gratitude for a lab that has prepared him for medical school and professional collaboration.
“I actually just got accepted to the Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine,” said O’Donnell. “It is only through a lab like this that I was able to gain the knowledge and learn how I can make friends in a science environment. I graciously thank you for your generosity. It is through this lab that I’m going to get to become a doctor but I’m also going to have the friends I’ve met here.”
Elaine’s husband, Bob; children, Robert (Amy) Mahaffey, Alex (Megan) Mahaffey, Bethany (Kevin) Jack; grandchildren, Anna, Eli, Natalie, Madelyn, Sam, Emily, Charlie, Molly, Tucker, Jack and Parker; her sisters, Teresa Viox and Jennifer Nabel, and their families, were in attendance.
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To learn more about MVNU’s science programs, visit mvnu.edu/majors.
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