On July 10, 2012, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation awarded Ottawa University a $750,000 challenge grant toward the University’s new Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center slated as part of its $24.3 million Advancing the Vision Campaign. Having currently raised approximately $6 million in gifts and pledges of the $10 million needed for the building project, OU now has until July 10, 2013, to raise the remaining $4 million in order to receive the Mabee funds.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our donors to multiply the impact of their contributions by leveraging the Mabee funds,” said Vice President for University Advancement Paul Bean. “This project is the largest in the $24.3 million dollar campaign and is the one which will most impact campus life in Ottawa, as well as the educational experience for all OU students nationwide. We are immensely grateful to the Mabee Foundation for making this grant available. Now we need our alumni and friends to rise to the challenge to help us achieve this worthy objective.”
The new 43,000 square foot library and student center are to be built at the Ottawa, Kansas, campus but will serve the entire university and the community with state-of-the-art technology, student services, dining, and conference amenities. The project has been underwritten in part with major lead gifts from the members of the Carl C. and Carrie Gangwish family of Kearney, Nebraska, and Marguerite (Monroe) Gibson of Ottawa, Kansas (see following pages), as well as other major donors. The University is now launching a public campaign to complete the necessary funding from alumni, friends, foundations, and business partners.
Ottawa University President Kevin C. Eichner said, “We are truly blessed by the generosity of the Mabee challenge and that of our donors who are making this project possible. This new state-of-the-art library and student center will contribute enormously to the quality of the experience of all members of our university community for decades to come. We can’t wait to complete our fundraising and to get started on the construction of this great facility!”
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