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Mount Celebrates Extensive Renovations to 1930s-Era Student Life Buildings

Dec. 7, 2007 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) celebrates the completion of substantial renovations to its 1930s-era residence halls, student lounge areas, and a major dining hub that frame its picturesque Chalon Campus in the hills above Brentwood. The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation's generous gift of $8 million—the largest single gift in the College's 82-year history—funded renovations to many of the Spanish-themed buildings on campus. The foundation is chaired by Kathleen Leavey McCarthy, whose daughter, Kathleen Duncan, is a trustee of both the College and the foundation.

Dynamic student spaces in the newly-named Kathleen and J. Thomas McCarthy Complex include upgrades of the Carondelet, Brady, and Rossiter residence halls, which house 430 students. Dorm renovations feature new lighting, flooring, paint and curtains, furniture, restroom fixtures, and heating and air conditioning.

The complex also includes the newly-created Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Commons, which spans the entire first floor of Brady Hall and is designed to serve as the center of student life on campus. The vibrant college commons includes a new student lounge with ocean views, space for student activities and organizations, a bookstore, an expanded dining facility, and mail services.

"These new facilities and amenities enable the Mount to provide a first-class experience for students," said MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The Leavey Foundation has been a vital partner with the Mount for 35 years, and we thank the foundation for helping the College provide students with a dynamic immersion in the liberal arts and sciences, supported by the latest technological tools in a revitalized physical environment."

Along with decades of academic scholarship support, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation also took a leading role in a previous Mount campaign by supporting the construction of the J. Thomas McCarthy Library on the downtown Doheny Campus.

A dedication ceremony for the complex and commons will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 on the Chalon Campus, 12001 Chalon Road in Los Angeles. The ceremony is one of several planned during the 2007-08 academic year. The dedications celebrate the completion of capital projects funded through the College's Invest in the Mount campaign. The College kicked off its $45 million comprehensive campaign in January 2005. As of September 30, 2007, the College had already raised more than $46 million.'

"The transforming effect of our campaign is already highly visible on both campuses," noted President Doud.

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