Can You Help Us Meet this Challenge?
Realizing the Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning
Friends and alumni now have an exceptional opportunity to increase their support for Southwestern by participating in two challenge grants for the construction of the Charles & Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning. These challenges$2 million from the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust of Wichita Falls and $1 million from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsawill more than double new gifts and pledges to the project. For example, a gift of $30,000 raises an additional $40,000 in matching funds for a total of $70,000 toward the building. Receipt of the Priddy and Mabee challenge funds is contingent upon receiving gifts and pledges for the final $2.05 million needed for the $10.5 million facility by April 12, 2007.
The Prothro Center will be the last building added to the Roy H. Cullen Academic Mall. Its placement creates a bridge between the residential living centers for the students and the academic facilities on campus. The building also will be Southwesterns first major building to incorporate environmentally sustainable green building design guidelines.
Programmatic planning for the new facility is already well advanced, and design and construction planning will move forward during the coming year as fundraising efforts continue. Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2007 once the needed gifts and pledges have been received. This start date would allow for project completion by December 2008 and occupancy in Spring 2009.
To date, donors to this project include Perkins-Prothro Foundation with a landmark gift of $3.5 million that will name the building after two generous benefactors of the University, and The Grogan Lord Foundation with a $1 million grant. Other key supporters are Hoblitzelle Foundation, Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation, Fondren Foundation, M.D. Anderson Foundation and JPMorgan Trust Company.
Southwestern students will benefit from the consolidation of many key services in the Prothro Center. The Jerry Farrington Business Services Suite will house the Business Office, Registrars Office and Financial Aid on the first floor, making it easy for students to register for classes, apply for financial aid, pay bills and conduct other University business. Other essential student support services located throughout the building include Career Services, Academic Services, and Counseling and Health Services. Bringing together many functions of student life now widely dispersed throughout campus will benefit both students and staff through increased visibility and access.
Offices for Faculty
Dedicated teacher-scholars are the hallmark of a Southwestern education. A goal of Thinking Ahead: The Southwestern Campaign is to add 25 new permanent full-time faculty positions. This initiative ensures a 10:1 student/faculty ratio, broadens curricular offerings and fosters the close scholarly relationships so integral to an exceptional liberal arts education. The Prothro Center will meet the need for new faculty office space in the heart of campus and provide additional spaces for academic life such as conference rooms and seminar spaces that support innovative teaching.
A Home for the Paideia® Program
Southwesterns Paideia® Program is an innovative educational approach already attracting national attention. The Paideia® Center will be located on the third floor of the new building, with an office suite for Southwesterns Provost and the Director of the Paideia® Program. Dedicated space for seminars, discussions and classes will maximize many learning opportunities afforded by Paideia®.
Service and Service Learning
Last year Southwestern student volunteers provided more than 18,000 hours of community service to 64 area organizations. Southwestern students also are increasingly involved in community-based learning, where faculty and students partner with community groups to resolve real-world issues and problems. A suite on the Prothro Centers third floor will provide office space for the Coordinator of Volunteer Service and Community-based Learning, conference rooms and work spaces so that this key program can continue to grow.
Todays students will live and work in an increasingly global society. Experiencing other cultures and groups deepens students knowledge and understanding of human diversity and increases their capacity to think critically about social and political relations. Intercultural experiences are on the rise at Southwestern and currently more than 50 percent of Southwestern students study abroad. Southwesterns goal is to enable all interested students to study abroad or in a significantly diverse environment at home. New quarters for the program in the Prothro Center with space for offices and seminars will enhance this developing program.
Prothro Center Naming Opportunities
Southwestern University will recognize donors to the Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning by naming designated spaces within the building. Gifts ranging from $5,000 to $1 million qualify for a naming opportunity.
For detailed information on these naming opportunties, call 800-960-6363, ext. 1482, or go online to www.southwestern.edu/thinkingahead/challenge-grants.html.