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Pictured in the newly-remodeled William H. Hannon Theater on the Chalon Campus are (l to r)Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation; Father Robert B. Lawton, S.J., a foundation board member; and MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud.

MSMU Upgrades Chalon Campus Theater With $500,000 Gift From William H. Hannon Foundation

Jan. 7, 2007 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) recently celebrated 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 newly-named William H. Hannon Theater also features iPod docking equipment, refurbished seating, refinished wood flooring on the stage, new columns and light sconces along the theater walls, new carpeting, and marquee displays in the entryway for theater information and student posters.

“The renovated theater serves an important role in many facets of our academic life, particularly 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 Foundation has been a generous partner with the Mount for many years. We are most grateful for this latest gift.”

Previously, the William H. Hannon Foundation provided the College with $300,000 for the creation of the Eugenie B. Hannon Endowed Scholarship and the Eugenie B. Hannon Endowed Nursing Scholarship. 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. Established in 1983, the foundation 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 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 some building plans! The trip took him most of the day, but our family has never forgotten our first interaction with the Mount.”

A dedication ceremony for the theater was held in December. The ceremony was 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.

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