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Mount Upgrades Chalon Theater With $500,000 Gift From the William H. Hannon Foundation

Dec. 17, 2007 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) celebrates extensive renovations to its hilltop Chalon Campus theater, including state-of-the-art systems for sound and lighting and a new projector and screen. The upgrades were funded with a $500,000 gift from the William H. Hannon Foundation.

The recently-named William H. Hannon Theater also features iPod docking equipment, refurbished seating, refinished wood flooring on the stage, new faux columns and light sconces along the theater walls, new carpeting, and marquee frames for theater information and student posters in the entryway.

"The renovated theater serves an important role in many facets of our academic life, and a particularly vibrant one for students in the College's Film and Social Justice program who now have a first-rate hall for their annual film festival," said MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The William H. Hannon has been a generous partner with the Mount for many years. We are most grateful to the foundation for this latest gift."

Previously, the William H. Hannon Foundation, which was established in 1983, provided $300,000 for the creation of the Eugenie B. Hannon Endowed Scholarship and the Eugenie B. Hannon Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Mount Saint Mary’s University. The foundation continues to contribute to these scholarships with annual gifts of $25,000. In 1991, the foundation funded the creation of Hannon Parlor, a multipurpose event and meeting facility on the Chalon Campus, and has given to various other endowed scholarships at the College as well.

William H. Hannon, now deceased, also supported the College with fellow Hannon Family members and as a board member of the Fritz B. Burns Foundation, which provided scholarships for children at MSMU's Early Childhood Education Center. "Mount Saint Mary’s University has been a part of our Hannon Family for 80 years," said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation. "When my father, Andrew Hannon, was in a Catholic elementary school in Los Angeles, the principal asked him to ride his bicycle from his school to the Chalon Campus to deliver paperwork. The trip took my father most of the day, but our family has never forgotten our first interaction with the Mount."

A dedication ceremony for the theater will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 on the Chalon Campus, 12001 Chalon Road in Los Angeles. The ceremony is one of several planned during the 2007-08 academic year to 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—and as of December 2007, had already raised more than $50 million.

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

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