Update on a Variety of Projects

To all members of the Saint Mary's College Community,

As we continue this sunny (?) Spring, I am happy to update you on a variety of projects which we will undertake this Spring and Summer.

This Wednesday, at the School of Education Corporate Advisory Dinner, I announced that we will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on May 19, at 11:30 A.M., for the Frank and Olivia Filippi Academic Hall. In addition, I announced that the Board of Trustees has approved the naming of the School of Education as the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz School of Education, which will be housed in Filippi Academic Hall. This naming is in recognition of a very generous donation to this project from the Kalmanovitz Foundation. Also housed in this building will be the Academic Achievement and Support services, Academic Advising and a yet to be named Academic Department.

In response to the ongoing and critical need for more undergraduate housing on campus, we will be reconverting areas in several buildings to student housing space, including the ground floor of Augustine Hall and parts of Siena Hall. This will mean that several offices affected will be moving to other locations. We also intend to make full use of the Saint Mary's College Rheem Center for a variety of offices and activities. Among the groups moving to the Saint Mary's College Rheem Center will be the Advancement Office.

In order to provide an adequate and more appropriate public reception space for prospective students and other visitors, we will be making use of the ground floor space of Brother Jerome West Hall for a visitor center and reception activities.

A number of offices across campus will be affected by these moves, so I ask your patience as we make these important adjustments to our space on campus. As we embark on these moves over the Spring and Summer, I have asked various Vice Presidents and Supervisors to communicate with their respective personnel about possible moves and timetables.

In addition to these changes, we are planning a number of improvements to a variety of facilities on campus. Design work has already begun on the addition of air-conditioning to both Dante and Galileo halls. During the summer we will be making capital improvements to Oliver Hall, St. Albert Hall Library and the following residence halls: Syufy and Sabatte Townhouses, Claeys North, and Augustine Hall.

Throughout this semester we have been in preliminary conversation with several highly respected consultants to help organize our strategic planning for both short-term and long-term challenges and goals. Moreover, many campus groups have been diligently working to identify key elements in such a planning process. I anticipate moving forward over the next several weeks to formally organize a strategic planning group.

And finally, next week is De La Salle week; I encourage your participation in the activities celebrating our Lasallian traditions.

In De La Salle,

Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC