BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary recently eclipsed the 2,000-gift mark for its Vision 2030 Capital Campaign. The watershed mark is significant as Mary exceeds $45.7 million towards its Phase I $96 million goal.

Jerome Richter Vice President for Public Affairs

Jerome Richter
Vice President for Public Affairs

“The beauty of this benchmark is that it was a $250 gift,” explained the Vice President for the Office of Public Affairs, Jerome Richter, the person spearheading the three-phased Vision 2030 Campaign of $272 million. “This 2,000th gift epitomizes the success of this campaign: we are blessed to receive gifts of all sizes and so deeply appreciate people’s generosity across the state and this region as they continue to support and believe in our efforts to enhance the quality of education for our current and future students.”

Exterior of the new female residence hall being constructed on the University of Mary campus

Exterior of the new female residence hall being constructed on the University of Mary campus

Phase I construction is in full force on campus this summer as three projects continue to progress at the same time with different targeted dates for completion. The new female residence hall should be completed by August 1, the new fieldhouse should be finished by November 2016 and the Lumen Vitae University Center is scheduled to open in August of 2017.

Workers put steel beams to construct the shell of the new field house being built on the University of Mary campus

Workers put steel beams to construct the shell of the new field house being built on the University of Mary campus

The state-of-the-art two-story Lumen Vitae University Center repurposes the current Fieldhouse and connects it to the McDowell Activity Center (MAC) that will also be renovated. This 80,000-square-foot structure features a new “Founders Hall” with one of the grandest views in all of North Dakota overlooking the Missouri River Valley and accommodating over 600 dinner guests for banquets or up to 1,100 for conferences or corporate and private meetings. Students cross “Main Street” from Founders Hall into one of the country’s only 24/7 dining centers. Other amenities include an American Bank Center branch, book and retail store, individual conference rooms, student lounges, coffee shop, clinic, Hall of Fame concourse and much more.

A backhoe moves ground for the new Lumen Vitae University Center building being constructed on the University of Mary campus

A backhoe moves ground for the new Lumen Vitae University Center building being constructed on the University of Mary campus

Beyond these three projects, Richter says Phase I fundraising continues to move towards reaching its Phase I goal with expected new programs, new scholarships and more renovations — one of which is the highly anticipated School of Engineering to be located on north campus occupying two levels of the current University Hall building.