Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kresge Foundation Grant

Campbell University has received a grant in the amount of $1 million from the Kresge Foundation. The grant will be used toward the construction of the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center , the university’s 109,000 square-foot entertainment and sports venue expected to be completed by fall 2008. According to university president, Dr. Jerry Wallace, Campbell was able to meet the foundation’s challenge—to raise $34 million by June 1, 2007—months ahead of the deadline. The $34 million total includes building construction costs plus a $5 million maintenance endowment. “The grant from the Kresge Foundation was instrumental in leveraging the support that allowed Campbell not only to meet rising construction costs but to surpass its initial campaign goal of $30 million,” said Wallace. “We are grateful to all of our supporters and to the Kresge Foundation for helping to make the largest capital campaign in our history a success.” The realization of a long-held dream, the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center brings student, athletic and community events into one dynamic structure and represents a valuable resource for both campus and community. The modern, but stately architecture of the building is expressed through stone arches and cornices, shaded colonnades, sweeping palladium windows and a barrel vaulted roof. Inside, the Gilbert Craig Gore Arena contains seating for up to 5,000 people. In addition, the building is home to a Sports Hall of Fame, academic classrooms, hospitality and practice suites, faculty offices, locker rooms, and a 5,000 square-foot student fitness facility. “The John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center will become a cultural and athletic center for students, alumni and residents of Harnett County and surrounding areas,” Wallace said.


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