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Mabee Foundation provides challenge grant to William Jewell
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
November 27, 2007

William Jewell College has received a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. This grant will help in the final stages of the college’s Sorority Complex and Greek Common fundraising campaign.

“In order to secure the Mabee challenge funds and begin the project in August of 2008, the College must secure the final $960,000 in pledges toward the $12.5 million project by the end of the 2007-2008 school year,” said Dr. Chad Jolly, vice president for advancement at William Jewell. “Fulfilling the Mabee challenge will allow us to provide a vibrant living and learning experience and have our students in the new complex by the fall of 2009.”

The complex will include four sorority houses with suite-style rooms and private bathrooms. The design features a multi-purpose room accommodating up to 250 people, a fitness center, private study rooms, modern laundry facilities and lounges. A Greek Common building will join the four houses and serve as a focal point for Greek life on the campus.

The new Sorority Complex will be built on the site of the former Regent’s Quad apartments just north of the Mabee Center for Physical Education. Regent’s Quad took the brunt of the tornado that struck the campus in May of 2003. The complex was too heavily damaged to be repaired and was razed.

“We are moving toward the completion of our fundraising for this important project,” Jolly said. “Our trustees, alumni, students, and friends have demonstrated a deep commitment to providing a vibrant living and learning community for future generations of women at the College. We are grateful to the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for the tremendous opportunity they have provided us during this final phase of fundraising”

William Jewell College has previously partnered with the Mabee Foundation to assist with the Yates-Gill College Union renovation and in construction of the Mabee Center for Physical Education.

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., a Delaware non-profit corporation, was formed in 1948 by John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, with its office in Tulsa, Okla. The Foundation aids institutions of higher learning, hospitals, Christian religious organizations and other charitable organizations.

With its challenging academic culture and focus on student achievement, William Jewell College promises students an outstanding liberal arts education that cultivates leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

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