Donors give $5.5 million to UD’s $7 million construction projects

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Clare Mulhern
Contributing Writer

Whilst strolling on the mall, you may have noticed men walking on top of Haggar, fixing the roof.  You have almost surely noticed that the hallway between the Cap Bar and the Office of Student Life has been temporarily walled up.  These projects are part of the university’s plan to transform the campus.

In the press release on Jan. 18, the University of Dallas announced that donors have committed $5.5 million to the $7 million transformation package.  In addition to the improvements of the J.M. Haggar University Center and eight other facilities, the construction project will include five new campus entrances (sketches of these are available on the university website) and walkways to connect our campus to the DART light rail station that will open soon.

How has the University of Dallas collected the impressive $5.5 million?  Amanda Rainey, the Vice President for Advancement, said, “The university has long-standing relationships with a number of corporate partners, foundations and individual donors.  When these campus projects were in idea-formation stage, many of our past supporters, and some new supporters, were eager to help.”

She added, “We are truly blessed to have the support of our corporate partners, alumni, friends and foundations.”

Brigid McMahan, a sophomore who works at the Cap Bar, is happy about the improvements to the hallway in Haggar.  She said that it will be nice to have the three former Cap Bar supply closets combined into one right next to the Cap Bar.

Lily Key, another sophomore, expressed her excitement for the improvements in Haggar: “It is such an important building, and it could do with a face lift!” She is also looking forward to the new campus entrances.  In her opinion, “The university will have less of an isolated feel and will be more part of the surrounding city.”

Although the construction may seem inconvenient at times during this upcoming semester, keep in mind that the campus will look great when they are finished.

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