Georgia Gwinnett College announces naming of Strickland Research Laboratory
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) honored Clyde and Sandra Strickland during a lab dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 14 for their generous contributions to the institution which most recently funded enhancements to the cell biology research lab housed in the School of Science and Technology (SST). In recognition of their support, the lab now bears the name of Clyde L. and Sandra J. Strickland.
“The Stricklands’ humanitarian efforts will benefit many generations to come, both directly and indirectly. The connection starts with our current SST faculty and students but goes on to reach individuals who will be impacted by the research conducted in this lab,” said Dr. Tom Mundie, dean of the School of Science and Technology. “The research conducted here is comparable to what you would find at a Tier 1 institution. The critical thinking skills developed will change lives and help students find their career paths.”
Improvements to the lab, located in Building H, include emergency power lines, fluorescence microscopes, additional incubators, additional refrigeration equipment and a dark room. The renovated space will allow students to conduct projects such as a scheduled study on how changes in water quality alter the immunological environment of local fish and research on how cellular damage caused by Radical Oxygen Species can lead to cardiovascular disease and cancers.
“We are honored to plant the seeds of knowledge,” said Clyde Strickland. “Knowledge is something that can never be taken from you.” Sandra Strickland added, “It’s not just about caring, it’s about taking action. I am thankful that we are able to give to GGC and offer a new perspective on life for some people who wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go to college.”
Pillars of the community since moving to Georgia nearly 50 years ago, the Stricklands have become known as one of Gwinnett County’s most generous philanthropic couples. Their scholarship gifts to GGC have allowed recipients within both the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences to continue on their paths to successfully graduate with their bachelors degrees.