Up for the Science Center Challenge
march 6, 2008

New Science CenterStonehill’s $34 million Science Center project received a major boost this month from the George I. Alden Trust in the form of a $200,000 challenge grant. 

The Worcester-based charitable trust committed to a 3:1 match, requiring Stonehill to raise $600,000 from new givers or additional gifts from existing donors by August 2009 in order to receive $200,000.

This recent Alden challenge grant continues a long relationship between the Trust and Stonehill. In the late 1990s, the Alden Trust granted $100,000 toward construction of MacPháidín Library. More recently, in 2005, the Trust made a generous equipment grant to enhance teaching and learning opportunities in biology and chemistry. 

Generating Science Center Excitement
“This challenge grant is a wonderful way to raise the bar for giving and generate excitement for the new Science Center, a centerpiece of our $55 million Attaining the Summit campaign,” said Vice President for Advancement Francis X. Dillon.

 “This grant will move our fundraising efforts to the next level — giving us leverage to attract new major donors and deepen our relationships with existing benefactors as we forge ahead in our mission to build a strong infrastructure for our science program,” he added.

For Stonehill, the new Science Center is paramount as the College moves to become one of the leading Catholic liberal arts colleges in the country.

“Attracting more science, math, and psychology majors is part of our long-range plan in pursuit of academic excellence. The sciences are crucial in today’s world,” said Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., president of the College.“There’s a critical shortage of scientists and scientifically literate professionals in the United States, and nowhere is the need felt more acutely than in Massachusetts, a hub for the biotech industry and life sciences research,” he added.

To date, Stonehill has raised more than $6 million in support of the new Science Center, while securing more than $32 million toward the overall $55 million campaign goal.

About the Science Center
Construction BeginsConstruction of the new Science Center began in September 2007 and is slated for completion in 2009. Sited near the College’s main entrance, the Center will be the first building visitors see as they arrive on campus. As Stonehill’s largest academic building, this facility will play an important role in the life of the College and surrounding communities. 

With more than 30 science professors calling this new facility home and approximately 40 percent of our total student body using it each semester, such a facility will benefit the whole College. 

This impressive, three-story building will be nearly 90,000 square feet and include modern teaching laboratories, housing the latest scientific equipment. These labs will be adaptable as classrooms to support students in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics and psychology. 

The facility will also include an attractive and functional 5,000 square-foot atrium offering open space for students to gather on a day-to-day basis and providing much-needed room for larger gatherings. And with collaboration between faculty and students at the forefront of the building’s design, this facility will have informal and formal study areas to encourage discussion and academic development outside the laboratory so students and professors can learn, teach and work side-by-side.

About the Alden Trust
The George I. Alden Trust was established in 1912 for the general purpose of “the maintenance of some charitable or philanthropic enterprises” with particular expressed interest in “the promotion of education in schools, colleges or other educational institutions.” 

Over the years, trustees have given priority to independent undergraduate education at smaller institutions with full-time traditional undergraduate enrollments of 1,000 to 3,000 students. The Trust focuses on institutions in the six New England states as well as New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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