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MC receives $100,000 gift

Jeff Rankin
Mellinger Foundation president Tom Johnson, left, examines an architect’s rendering of the Center for Science and Business with Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler, following the presentation of the foundation’s latest installment toward the project.
Monmouth College has received its seventh $100,000 installment from the Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation of Monmouth. The gift is part of a $1 million pledge to fund the architectural plans for the $40 million Center for Science and Business, currently under construction on the college campus.
In accepting the gift from Mellinger Foundation president Tom Johnson, Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler noted that the foundation was not only the first entity to step forward in support of the academic complex, but its gift allowed the college to employ a world-class architectural firm — Burt Hill — to prepare the designs. “The Mellinger Foundation’s pledge really got the ball rolling on this building, at a time when many people wondered whether we could really carry out such an ambitious project,” Ditzler said. “Now that the center is entering its final stages of construction, we appreciate more than ever the foresight and generosity of the foundation.”
The building project, first announced in 2007, will combine the sciences, math, business and accounting in a single academic facility. When completed next spring, the 138,000-square-ft. structure will be the first new solely academic building constructed on campus in 40 years.
The Mellinger Foundation has stepped forward several times in the past with gifts for major renovation projects and scholarships. It previously provided a $1 million gift for the renovation of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, and helped underwrite the conversion of a former fraternity house into the Mellinger Center, which currently houses the English department.
Located in western Illinois, Monmouth College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,320 students, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).