Letter from President Huston
Over the past three years, planning and design have taken place for the construction of the Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies. During the past decade we have transitioned from a small two-year junior college to a Campus that will is now offering Graduate degree programs.
A library is the heart and soul of a college or university campus and it is no different at St. Catharine. We have, however, long ago outgrown our Library space in the basement of the St. Catharine Building. Five years ago, we underwent renovation to give us temporary breathing room to meet additional needs. Now, with the demands of 20 new baccalaureate degrees and new Masters Degrees, the time has come to make the new library a reality!
The effect the Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies will have on our Campus is hard to comprehend. It will be similar to the transformation the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building brought to the SCC Campus. The new Library will impact every student, faculty, and staff member on Campus as well as the friends of the College and the local communities.
Construction of this new three-story building has begun in the center of Campus, adjacent to the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. It will house state-of-the-art technology, group study rooms, computer labs, Graduate classrooms, study spaces, conference areas, archives, special collections, stacks, and a café. Our development as a premier college with advanced degrees will be founded on this building, a much needed expansion at a very critical point in our history.
How can you help? The Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies will be a 12-month project. We are currently finalizing the finance plan to make this project a reality. It has been my intention to raise the $8 million cost of construction; fundraising has been challenging in this economic climate.
Numerous spaces within the Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies are available for naming opportunities. These spaces range from $2,000 to $500,000. This would be an ideal opportunity to recognize a family or loved one in a beautiful and meaningful setting.
Let me assure you, the prominence of this complex is hard to conceptualize. You can be a part of this impressive facility that will serve as the hub of our Campus. Our faculty and staff have already pledged $200,000 over the next four years toward the construction of this building.Now, I need you.
If you feel this is a worthwhile project and would like to be a part of the future of St. Catharine College, please contact Molly Keene Smith, Vice President for Advancement; she can offer you several opportunities for consideration.
Please keep this project and St. Catharine College in your prayers. You can be assured that you are in ours.
William D. Huston
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