Jordan Science Center
The Jordan Science Center, completed in August 1999, is a 60,000-square-foot facility which houses the College's Department of Natural Sciences. It also houses the Oakes Museum of Natural History, which showcases the College's valuable collections of North American and African large mammals, insects, seashells, bird eggs, plants and minerals.
- Exploring the basics of cooking chemistry as well as guidelines for selecting and preparing a wide variety of foods
- Modifying recipes for those with special dietary needs
- Demonstrating food preparation to others in an engaging manner
- Determining how various cooking and storage methods influence the nutrient content of foods and beverages
- Determining and interpreting blood glucose, lipids, and hemoglobin
- Determining and interpreting body composition using skinfolds, bioimpedance, and underwater weighing
- Counseling clients (under faculty supervision) regarding weight loss, improvement in blood lipids, and other preventive dietary interventions
- Designing educational displays for on and off campus health fairs
In addition to the food and nutrition lab suite, students learn techniques for large scale food production and food service management by observing and working alongside Messiah dining services employees in the campus dining facilities. The campus dining room and cafes also provide valuable work opportunities for students interested in food service.