Westerman Hall

Completed in 1964 to serve the science departments, Westerman Hall contains laboratories, classrooms, and offices. The auditorium serves as a high-tech facility for both in-house presentations and visiting lecturers.

Several well-known and distinguished alumni have studied in the “science building”, including:

  • Dr. Harry Eggleston, M.D., F.A.C.S., ’63, who holds four patents for the development of an adjustable/upgradeable intraocular lens;
  • Dr. Michael Murray, M.D.,’71, dean-emeritus of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine;
  • Dr. Joseph Petelin, ’73, a surgeon and pioneer in the field of laparoscopic surgery; and
  • Dr. Christoph Kandziora, M.D., ’82, a specialist for radiology and nuclear medicine in Germany.

Benedictine’s history of excellence in the sciences continues today.  The award-winning Biology Department received a major grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a nationally significant study on Cottonwood trees in the Missouri River Valley; and several science students have internships with a local corporation, MGP Ingredients, Inc.


In the main level of Westerman Hall, find our School of Engineering, which offers majors in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Major grants from the Keck Foundation and National Science Foundation built the state-of-the-art engineering laboratories.