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Nearly there

Barry McNamara
05/03/2011
Donations to Monmouth College’s $4 million matching gift challenge have surpassed the $3.5 million mark, according to vice president for development and college relations Molly Ball.

Earlier this year, an anonymous donor pledged to provide a 50 percent match for every dollar committed toward Monmouth College’s new academic building on or before June 30, with a maximum match of $2 million. If the challenge yields $4 million in new pledges, the net result will be $6 million in additional funds for the project

“We are close to both the deadline and the goal, so it’s important for alumni and friends to help us complete this challenge and keep us on schedule to break ground this summer,” said Ball.

The $38 million business and science academic building will provide Monmouth students with some of the finest classrooms, laboratories and seminar rooms in the Midwest. It was designed to provide a forum for the personalized educational interactions that will help students excel and find their path to success.

“This building will take the college to a new level,” predicted David Byrnes ’72, chairman of the college’s board of trustees. “By integrating our science and business programs in the same academic complex, we will be helping to pioneer an important new trend in education. In order for this nation to remain competitive in the changing global economy, we must prepare leaders who not only understand technology but also know how to market it.”

Designed by the award-winning international architecture firm Burt Hill, the facility will be the college’s first new academic building since 1990. The 136,000-square-foot building will be located in the 700 block of East Broadway.