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MSMU student Cassandra Krieger '09 spoke before donors at the Invest in the Mount campaign finale about her education at the Mount and her award-winning experience on the College's Mock Trial team.

Mount Celebrates Campaign Success, Completion of Major Renovations

Sept. 22, 2008 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University paid tribute to donors this month at a gala lunch celebrating the completion of its largest-ever fund-raising campaign. The campaign ended early and surpassed its goal.

The celebration, which included campus tours and the unveiling of a donor wall, was held Sept. 14 at the Chalon Campus in West Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks joined in the celebration attended by donors, alumnae, College leaders, faculty, and students.

College President Jacqueline Powers Doud announced at the beginning of July that the Invest in the Mount campaign, which started in January 2005, had ended six months ahead of schedule. With an original goal of $45 million by December 31, 2008, the College closed the campaign on June 30, 2008, having raised more than $53 million.

MSMU student Cassandra Krieger '09 added to the celebratory tone of the day by sharing her personal story of success at the College and on the College's Mock Trial team. Krieger garnered a Best Attorney award during a March 2008 American Mock Trial Association contest that attracted hundreds of aspiring lawyers from the western United States to compete for top honors.

“I’ll never forget the moment I heard my name called for the Best Attorney award," she said. "I felt my team rise with me in a standing ovation, I saw the audience of more than 200 applaud, and I accepted the award representing the institution I love, Mount Saint Mary’s University."

President Doud thanked donors for supporting the College as it builds for the future. “Our heart-felt thanks go to the many individuals, foundations, and corporations who generously participated in the campaign," she said. "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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