Taking up the challenge
Friday, February 1, 2008
Some people can’t resist a challenge.
After $1.58 million had been raised for renovation of Centennial Hall, new headquarters for the G.R. Herberger College of Business an anonymous donor issued a challenge: raise another $370,000 and receive $250,000 more. Doug and Martha Miller had already given $50,000 through their family foundation toward the project, but the Millers were prompted by the challenge to donate another $25,000.
Doug Miller ’77, Eden Prairie, Minn., earned his St. Cloud State degree in psychology with a minor in finance. Until his retirement in 2003 he was vice president of REM, Inc., a provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in 28 states. “It’s important to improve the space for the G.R. Herberger College of Business to better serve the needs of students, and it is a top priority of the University,” said Miller in noting his support of the Centennial Hall renovation.
“We’re finding that many of our alumni just can’t let a challenge made by another alumnus go unanswered,” said Eric Kautzman, associate vice president for development at St. Cloud State. “This challenge grant has encouraged a lot of alumni and friends to make a gift to support the project.”
More than 1,875 friends and alumni of the University have contributed to the renovation effort, which has a total cost of $15.2 million. The St. Cloud State Foundation is raising $ 2.2 million with the balance funded by the state of Minnesota. To contribute, contact Terri Mische, (320) 308-6675 or visit www.stcloudstate.edu/foundation/centennialhall.asp.