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New LLU Centennial Complex reaches $40 million milestone

Loma Linda University chancellor Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, stands beside one of the earthmovers that is currently being used for excavating the site of the new Centennial Complex.
Loma Linda University chancellor Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, stands beside one of the earthmovers that is currently being used for excavating the site of the new Centennial Complex.
In mid-December, Loma Linda University achieved a significant milestone when gifts and pledges for the new Centennial Complex—currently under construction—passed the $40 million mark, thus meeting a key qualification for a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation.

According to Carolyn Cales,  MA, Loma Linda University executive director for special gifts, the challenge grant was achieved four months early. More than 750 individual donors gave gifts and made pledges to this major building project—as did several major foundations.

As construction continues, so also will campaign fundraising efforts to cover building-cost increases beyond original construction estimates.

Raye McAnally Lofgren and Carlton Lofgren, DDS, and Patti Shryock Wallace and Carleton Wallace, MD—co-chairs of the campaign for the Centennial Complex, will continue to oversee this continuing fundraising effort.

The Kresge Foundation, headquartered in Troy, Michigan, focuses its challenges and other assets on nonprofit institutions. Sebastian S. Kresge, born in 1867, began a single “5 and 10 cent” store at age 30, which evolved into a chain of stores incorporated in 1912 as the S. S. Kresge Company —which later became Kmart. In 1924, Mr. Kresge established the Kresge Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation’s grant programs are to strengthen nonprofit institutions through catalyzing their growth, connecting them with their stakeholders, and challenging them with grants that leverage greater support.

The Centennial Complex is a high technology, student-oriented facility that will enable “anytime, anywhere” access to a vast array of health professions information. By combining the best in traditional ways of teaching and learning with informational resources that leading-edge communication technology makes available, the complex will transform the way that the University delivers health professional education to its students on campus, regionally, and globally.

“The planning and design of the complex comes at a most appropriate time for the University and its students,” says Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, Loma Linda University chancellor.

“The complex looks toward an anticipated on-campus enrollment growth of 25 percent, from the current 4,000 to 5,000 students, by the year 2010. Our students are quite adept at using up-to-date communication technology. Therefore, the complex is designed to integrate these skills into the learning process.

“Furthermore, the University serves as the educational hub for the preparation of competent and compassionate health professionals who may work in 500 hospitals and health centers around the globe. As such, Loma Linda receives multiple requests for educational and health care services from many parts of the world, especially remote settings where basic and continuing education in the health professions may not be readily available.

“In this context, the Centennial Complex is especially exciting as it maximizes the use of communication technology to make tele-education and telemedicine available, in real and delayed time, anywhere around the globe.

“Growth, technological innovation, and global connectivity have been the guiding themes for the design of the complex and the fund generation efforts that will bring it about.”

By Ken McFarland

TODAY news for Thursday, January 15, 2007