Peggy and Ray Pettit Honored at Science Center Atrium Dedication
September 14, 2009

 

Roche Scholarship Recipients

The College dedicated the Atrium in the new Science Center in honor of longtime friends and benefactors Peggy and Ray Pettit on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The parents of Stonehill alumna Kathleen Pettit '85, Peggy and Ray made a $1 million gift to underwrite the 500-seat Atrium, which is being utilized as a social and lecture space in the 89,000 square foot building. The space is also equipped with several energy efficient features, including high efficiency glazing in the front glass wall.

Surrounded by over 50 family and friends as well as several Stonehill faculty members and administrators, the Pettits were given lab coats to wear as they were welcomed on stage by President Mark Cregan, C.S.C. '78 for the ribbon, or in this case "DNA," cutting ceremony.

"When you think about Stonehill, its history started just 60 years ago. It's been a remarkable evolution of one of the finest schools, I think, in the United States," said Ray Pettit, who served as a trustee for six years, including three years as chair of the board and became a trustee emeritus in 2002.

"We would give anything we can to Stonehill. It's just a beautiful school," Pettit continued. "We see our investment in this Atrium as secondary to our real investment in the school itself because that is where it all comes from."

Peggy Pettit went on to say the connection her and her husband have enjoyed with Stonehill over the past three decades has been a highlight in their lives.

Two student speakers, Mike Goretti '11 and Kathleen Atkins '10, expressed their appreciation to the Pettits. "The Atrium allows me to socialize with my professors in a more relaxed environment so I can build relationships," said Goretti, who studies and relaxes in the Atrium each morning before his chemistry classes.

"When I first walked into the Atrium I was immediately in awe," said Atkins, who as an English and graphic design major, didn't think the Science Center would be of much use to her at first. "I realized this Atrium is a link for us who aren't science majors. We all can come here to hang out with our friends and it's because of your dedication that we are able to have this space."

"On behalf of the College I want to thank Ray and Peggy for their wonderful gift," said President Cregan. "This Atrium and this Science Center has already been and will continue to be a huge difference in the quality of education we will be able to give future generations of students."

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