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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

College of Business Conference Room

Meeting rooms in the G.R. Herberger College of Business headquarters in Centennial Hall include this one with a view of the cupola atop Lawrence Hall.

An anonymous pledge and subsequent gifts have brought the Centennial Hall fund-raising campaign to near conclusion. St. Cloud State is within a few thousands dollars from raising the final $360,000 which qualifies then for a $250,000 challenge grant from an alumnus of the University, according to Eric Kautzman, associate vice president for development.

The two amounts would complete the need for private gift support of $2.2 million for renovation of the former library, Kautzman said. The State of Minnesota is funding the balance of the $15.2 million project.

Centennial Hall houses the G.R. Herberger College of Business and academic student services such as the Advising Center, Career Services, Student Disability Services, Honors Program and the Multicultural Academic Center. An expanded Husky Bookstore occupies nearly half the first floor. The philosophy department and the Center for Information Systems, an administrative department, are on third floor.

Renovation of the five-floor building was completed this spring. Already the massive, etched-glass entryways to office suites and two-screen smart classrooms are drawing rave reviews. The east conference room on fourth floor is one of the spaces improved by larger windows. Conferees enjoy a sweeping vista of east campus, including an eye-level view of the cupola atop historic Lawrence Hall.

“I’ve given tours of Centennial Hall to many business and community leaders,” said Diana Lawson, dean of the college of business. “They have all been impressed with the corporate-style atmosphere created by the renovations.”

The Foundation supports St. Cloud State by gathering gifts that ignite student learning and discovery. View a photo slide show about the renovated Centennial Hall at www.stcloudstate.edu/foundation. You can make an online contribution at the same site, or contact Terri Mische at 320-308-6675.

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