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Five million dollars to go – LR enters final stretch on science building fundraising

Tue Jul 15 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University has raised more than 90 percent of the $65 million dollar goal needed for The University Rising Campaign, and the school intends to reach its goal by the end of this calendar year, according to LR’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Drew Van Horn. The major push for the remainder of the campaign will be to secure the resources needed for the University’s Science Complex.

The first phase of the Minges Science Complex is to construct a new 35,000 square foot wing. After completion of the new wing, which will double the size of the science facility, the existing 35,000-square-foot facility will be completely renovated. When complete the building will house state-of-the-art labs and classroom spaces in disciplines ranging from physics optics to biochemistry and microbiology.

The university’s fundraising efforts have been very successful this fiscal year and LR has reached the $60 million mark. The Science project’s next phase will occur this fall when the final drawings for the science building begin. After the final drawings have been completed and approved, the bidding process can begin. University officials hope to hold the groundbreaking for the science wing addition in 2015.

“We are very appreciative of how our alumni in Hickory and the Unifour community have supported Lenoir-Rhyne’s efforts,” Van Horn said. “We anticipate that these efforts will continue as we work diligently with our local volunteers to reach our final goal.”

With the school’s newest building, Grace Chapel, nearing the end of construction its fundraising focus has shifted to the new science facility and the hope is that the remainder of gifts given this calendar year will go to fund the Minges project.

“This is our top priority,” said Campaign Chair Jerome Bolick. “We intend to raise the final $5 million needed for this project by the end of this year with the continued generosity and support of the Lenoir-Rhyne community. This science facility will prove a vital asset to LR’s students.”

Community leaders agree Lenoir-Rhyne’s 70,000-square-foot science facility will also be a boon for the Hickory region.

“We are proud of Lenoir-Rhyne’s accomplishments because Hickory is a college town—it is absolutely a wonderful thing for us,” said Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright. “I am very proud of this science center and I think it’s going to be another boost for Hickory.”

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