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MSMU to Dedicate Art Walk and Parking Pavilion on Downtown Campus

June 13, 2008 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) in Los Angeles celebrates the dedication of the Ken Skinner Parking Pavilion and the Adams Art Walk, which connects the parking pavilion to the center of the College's downtown Doheny Campus. The new pavilion and art walk will be dedicated during a ceremony at 11 a.m. on June 26.

The three-level parking facility has 150 parking spaces and is designed to complement the historic nature of the campus and to accommodate student growth. Situated along Chester Place, MSMU's Doheny Campus is distinguished by lush grounds and historic early-1900s houses that have been transformed into student living and learning spaces. The campus is home to the College's associate, master, and doctoral programs, as well as the Weekend College for working adults.

The Fritz Burns Foundation awarded a $2.5 million grant toward the parking project, and the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation contributed $1 million. The College also used part of a $500,000 gift from The Fletcher Jones Foundation to pay for the structure. Also contributing was the Bill Hannon Foundation, which offered $300,000 for the structure out of a larger gift toward a newly-constructed student dorm on the Doheny Campus.

The art walk is funded by a generous gift from MSMU Trustee David V. Adams. The space is named for brothers Morgan Adams Jr. (David Adams's father) and James (Peter) H. Adams II, who lived at 21 Chester Place in the 1920s with their parents, Morgan Adams and Aileen McCarthy. The art walk features two sculptures: Mother & Child by artist Julie MacDonald and Balance Beam by artist Michael Zapponi.

The dedication ceremony is one of several held on campus in the last year to celebrate the completion of capital projects funded through the College's Invest in the Mount campaign. The College kicked off a $45 million comprehensive campaign in January 2005. As of May 2008, the College had already raised $53 million.

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