College Announces Largest-Ever Campaign at Gala Event
Feb. 25, 2006 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) announced its $45-million Invest in the Mount Campaign at a Venetian carnival gala event on its downtown Doheny Campus Saturday, Feb. 25. The master of ceremonies for the evening was Huell Howser, host of several PBS programs, including “California’s Gold” and “Road Trip.” This is the College’s second campaign in 80 years, and its largest ever.
The event featured a campaign video, live entertainment, and the introduction of top donors including Elaine S. Ewen, President of the Bill Hannon Foundation, and Sister Kathleen Kelly, a trustee of the same Foundation. They were honored for their donation of $5 million, which will support the full cost of construction of a new residence hall on the Doheny Campus.
Mount Trustee Kathleen Duncan and her mother Kathleen McCarthy, daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy Leavey and chair of The Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Foundation, also were honored. The Foundation contributed $8 million – the largest award in the College's history -- to revitalize the Chalon Campus in West Los Angeles as a vibrant learning community. The plan provides for the renovation of the Chalon residence halls and dining area, and the addition of an Internet café as well as a new bookstore.
In a speech during the event, College President Jacqueline Powers Doud said, “With the help of these donors, and all of you who have assured the vision of the Mount by stepping forward with your generosity during this vitally important silent phase of our campaign, I am proud to say that we can go public with our efforts.” Following a drum roll, the president then announced that the college had raised $29,520,000. At that moment, confetti shot out of cannons, and alumna Leslie Cunningham began to sing, “Oh When The Mount Goes Marching In” with a full orchestra. Guests quickly joined in the jubilation, dancing beneath flying confetti.
The main goals of the campaign are to raise money to expand the Doheny Campus located near downtown Los Angeles with new student housing and updated instructional facilities and technology; to revitalize the undergraduate college on the Chalon Campus in West Los Angeles with renovated residence halls and a new campus center and updated instructional facilities and technology; and to support student scholarships. Annual tuition at Mount St. Mary's for full-time undergraduates is $22,054. The college currently enrolls more than 2,400 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.
The Campaign Cabinet, a group of business and community leaders helping to guide the campaign, includes Louis M. Castruccio, Michael A. Enright, Phyllis L. Hennigan, Thomas E. Larkin, Jr., and David L. McIntyre.
Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, MSMU stands out as
the only Catholic women's college west of the Mississippi. Women's colleges across the
country have been closing or turning coed due to financial pressures. MSMU has
remained vibrant with the introduction of new programs for working adults and the
expansion of existing programs that are in great demand, such as growth in the College's
nursing programs. The College offers more than 45 different academic programs -- from an associate degree to a doctoral degree -- including biological sciences, business administration, liberal studies, nursing, physical therapy, and sociology.
The College is also richly diverse, reflecting the ethnic makeup of Los Angeles. MSMU is 11 percent African American, 16 percent Asian, 42 percent Hispanic, and 18 percent white. Another 5 percent of our students list themselves as multi-racial.