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Mount Saint Mary’s University Closes Largest Campaign in 83-Year History

Sept. 10, 2008 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) in Los Angeles celebrates the completion of its largest-ever fund-raising campaign—a campaign that ended early and surpassed its goal. The finale celebration, which includes a campus tour and the unveiling of a donor wall, will be held on Sept. 14 at the Chalon Campus in West Los Angeles.

Scheduled attendees include State Assemblyman Mike Davis and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks.

MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud announced at the beginning of July that the Invest in the Mount campaign, which started in January 2005, would end six months ahead of schedule. With an original goal of $45 million by December 31, 2008, the College closed the campaign on June 31, 2008, having raised more than $53 million.

"I am extraordinarily pleased and proud because this campaign has greatly exceeded our expectations," said Doud. "Our heart-felt thanks go to the many individuals, foundations, and corporations who generously participated in the campaign. Without their support, we would not have been able to so successfully complete this ambitious fundraising effort—the largest in the College's history."

With the support of the Mount's many donors, the College has been able to invest in myriad academic programs, augment scholarship support for its growing student body, and revitalize and expand student-centered facilities on both campuses.

"Another point of pride is the fact that the capital projects funded by the campaign have already been completed," said Doud. "Our unprecedented fund-raising success has enabled us to move swiftly with renovation and construction projects on both our campuses."

To date, the following projects have been completed:
* the creation of new science labs on both campuses
* the creation of a film studio and editing lab on the Chalon Campus
* the construction of a new student dorm and parking facility on the Doheny Campus
* renovation of the theater at Chalon and the auditorium at Doheny
* classroom upgrades in buildings on both campuses
* a complete renovation of student spaces at Chalon, including a new student lounge, student activities offices, the bookstore, and dining facilities

"This has been a busy yet exciting time at the Mount," said Doud. "We are most grateful to our extended family of friends and donors who have made this transformation on both campuses possible, and have enabled us to surpass our campaign goal—a remarkable milestone in the Mount's 83-year history."


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