News & Events
July 13, 2010
UNC Asheville's Zeis Hall, the new cutting-edge facility for the study of natural sciences and multimedia arts, recently received a boost from the Pennsylvania-based Kennametal Foundation. The foundation donated $40,000 to UNC Asheville, which will benefit the programs and equipment in Zeis Hall. The university named the chemistry lobby, located on the lower level of the building, in honor of Kennametal Inc.
"Whether it be chemistry, engineering, material sciences or mechatronics, it is where disciplines intersect in a facility such as this that innovation and breakthroughs occur," said David W. Greenfield, former vice president, secretary and general counsel of Kennametal Inc., at the lobby naming event.
Kennametal Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Kennametal Inc., provides grants to organizations around the world in support of education, volunteerism and community-related issues. Based in Pennsylvania, Kennametal Inc. provides the industry's premier tooling solutions, engineered components and advanced materials to enhance the competitiveness of its customers.
Zeis Hall is UNC Asheville's 86,000-square-foot center for the study of natural sciences and multimedia arts. The $24 million building features 44 teaching and research labs that help students learn in small group settings that mirror leading science and research workplaces. Located adjacent to Ramsey Library and Rhoades-Robinson Hall, the four-story brick-and-glass structure houses the departments of Biology and Chemistry and the Multimedia Arts and Sciences Program. It opened in 2009.