Heimerman Plaza dedicated to ASC Sisters

THE NEW PLAZA AREA will honor ASC Sisters that helped grow the sciences at Newman. It’s projected to be complete by Nov. 16. Courtesy photo, Newman Advancement

Heimerman Plaza is being built on top of the old location of the Heimerman Science Center as a dedication to six ASC sisters and faculty who have had a significant influence in science and nursing allied health. 

The Heimerman Plaza will showcase an honor wall with six panels commemorating the six ASC sisters who played important roles in starting the sciences at Newman, with a seating area in front of the wall. Holding up the wall will be two pillars made out of limestone in remembrance of Heimerman Science Center. Enclosing the plaza will be a circular walkway. 

The six ASC sisters being commerated are Marciana Meimerman, Sylvia Gorges, Aquinas Stieferman, Claudine Axman, Gertrude Baumann and Tarcisia Roths.  

Charlotte Rohrbach, director of mission effectiveness, said along the  walkway, there will be seven benches that light up from underneath that commemorate other important people who contributed to the sciences in Heimerman Science Center. 

“The seven benches are going to be pointing out various professors, who made major contributions to our science program once we were in that building,” Rohrbach said. “Some of them are on the honor wall, but most of them are going to be on those benches like Dr. (Surendra) Singh and Sister Margaret Knoeber.” 

Jennifer Gantz, vice president for finance and administration, said the outside seating area will give new options for students and faculty to be more interactive. 

“If a professor wants to go out there and teach a class, and have some seats there, they can do that,” Gantz said. “At some point we can have an outdoor movie, people could sit there as well.”

With Heimerman Science Center’s impending demolition, Gantz said, a committee consisting of herself and other sisters and staff came up with the idea of a plaza starting last fall to make sure the Heimerman name is not forgotten. 

“When we took down Heimerman, we understood that hin 20 years nobody is going to remember that name if we don’t keep something there,” Gantz said. 

The projected finish date for this project in Nov. 16, but Gantz said it will definitely be finished before the end of this year. 

This story first appeared in the October 5, 2017 issue of The Vantage.