Weekly Update (November E-Veritas)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Improvements on campus reflects
college’s commitment to excellence
Today, John McNamara, vice president for college development, writes the administration’s message for the Weekly newsletter.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
To see the construction crane looming tall over Regents Hall is a wonderful sight!! As I write this, Our “Regents Roof” is being replaced. It seems odd to be so excited about a new roof – on half of the Burpee Center – but I hope you share my sense of excitement; to me it is manifest evidence, and the most visible evidence, of the continuous reinvestment in our facilities that has been taking place the last three years.
There are other examples. Residence hall renovations, new science equipment, new carpet for the library, all new equipment in the fitness center in Seaver, classroom renovations and new classroom technology in Starr Science and Scarborough Hall, a new psychology lab – all this is in place with more to come this semester break and next summer.
These investments are the product of responsible budgeting, a commitment to invest in our campus to attract and retain our students, and a strong private-public partnership generating the funds to complete these projects. We have been successful in securing federal government investments though the earmark proposals backed by Sen. Durbin and Cong. Manzullo, and have enjoyed excellent participation by trustees and alumni-friend donors in project-specific efforts. In the coming year, we look forward to the distribution of our $2.7 million share of the State Capital Plan; it has not been determined when and how these monies will be distributed, but it appears that when the bonds are sold, the monies will be allocated over a three plus year cycle.
These investments are one part, but an integral one, in President Head’s emphasis to strengthen our institutional identity, foster institutional excellence and migrate to financial stability.
Have a good week!
Vice President for College Development