Quincy University announced the largest gift from a living donor in the school’s 153-year history at a press conference today. A $2 million investment from an anonymous university graduate will be used to begin the renovation and expansion of the Quincy University Center for Science on the school’s North Campus at 18th Street and Seminary Road.
The science facility renovation will enable Quincy University to update eight student labs to contemporary standards with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition the funds will allow for new student study spaces, improved faculty offices, and a revitalized exterior of the east entrance and foyer. These improvements will enable the university to expand student and faculty research opportunities, increase faculty efficiency, and provide an optimum student learning environment for years to come.
“Classroom technology upgrades will allow students to learn in an environment designed for today’s technologically advanced students,” Dr. Lee Enger, dean of the division of Science and Technology, said. “The investment in the facility combined with the exceptional science instruction will guarantee students an edge in their respective fields and careers.”
Ninety-five percent of QU science graduates in 2012 were successfully placed into graduate school or professional employment with six months of graduating.
QU President Robert Gervasi said, “We are thrilled and grateful beyond words for the extraordinary generosity of this benefactor, whose anonymity we will respect, and we are pleased by the vote of confidence it represents for QU’s future. We are also grateful to Rich Niemann Sr. and the Niemann Foods Foundation for their million-dollar gift for the Connie Niemann Center for Music, which opened earlier this year. The Niemann investment raised the bar for QU philanthropy, placing the university squarely in the ranks of peer institutions whose key supporters invest at seven-figure levels. I can assure you that our anonymous Quincy University graduate earnestly hopes that others will emulate this generosity, which will be of lasting benefit for our students.”
Construction will begin in November of this year and is estimated to be completed by fall, 2015. The university is still seeking additional investments to further enhance the Center for Science. For giving opportunities, contact the QU Office of Advancement at 217-228-5227 or click HERE.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. The university has 15 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women.