As most of our constituents are aware, Ottawa University has slated a new library and student center as the major building project within the Advancing the Vision capital campaign that is currently underway. To be built in 2013-14, the vibrant, modern structure is designed to be the cultural hub of The College, filled with the constant energy of learning and relationship building. The state-of-the-art structure will feed both minds and bodies, housing a new library, cafeteria, snack bar, student lounge, bookstore, technology-enabled meeting and study rooms, outdoor dining area, Averyt reading room, and concession area.
With a $10 million price tag, Ottawa University is relying on the generosity of our alumni and friends to catch the vision of the impact such a facility will have on our students, alumni and the larger community, and to see the project through to completion. To read more about the Capital Campaign, visit the campaign website here.
To that end, we are delighted to announce that Marguerite (Monroe) Gibson of Ottawa, Kansas, has made a $1 million naming gift for the new student center. Connected to the new library, the Gibson Student Center will be located directly south of where the Mowbray Union currently stands.
Lifelong Ottawa residents, Marguerite and Raymond C. Gibson were married for 57 years before his passing in 2000. They owned and operated a number of restaurants in Ottawa before founding Bingo Dog Food, Inc. in 1960. The couple was deeply committed to promoting the Ottawa community, and Marguerite has carried on that legacy following Raymond’s death.
“We are deeply grateful for this million dollar gift from Marguerite Gibson and very pleased to be able to name the student center in her honor,” said OU President Kevin C. Eichner. “The Gibson Student Center, along with the to-be-named library, will impact Ottawa University students for decades to come.”
Vice President for University Advancement Paul Bean agrees. “Marguerite’s dedication to improving the quality of life for the residents of Ottawa and Franklin County is unwavering. Through her extremely generous gift towards the new Gibson Student Center, Ottawa University will be able to greatly enhance the student experience, as well as provide a wonderful location for community events and support the University’s efforts to attract and retain students. Marguerite’s philanthropy is a wonderful example to all of us as to how we can give back and have a significant impact in the lives of others.”
Outlined below are additional naming opportunities associated with the library and Gibson Student Center. As the campaign moves forward, we will continue to announce the progress that is being made and make you aware of other ways you can be involved in this important effort.
Other Student Center Naming Opportunities
$500,000 Dining Hall
$250,000 Student Lounge
$50,000 Special Events Outdoor Area
$50,000 Outdoor Dining Area
$35,000 Serving Area
$25,000 Concession Stand
$25,000 Apparel/Retail Center
$200 Bricks in Outdoor Area
Library Naming Opportunities
$1,000,000 Averyt Reading Room
$75,000 Digital Classroom (2)
$50,000 Meeting Room
$50,000 Entry Node
$25,000 Circulation Desk
$25,000 Library Work Room
$25,000 Open Computer Station Area
$25,000 Group Study Room, Small (5)
$35,000 Group Study Room, Large (2)
$5,000 Quiet Study Computer Stations (16)
To make a gift, contact Vice President for University Advancement Paul Bean at 866-324-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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