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Advances University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Foundation, Inc. The Newsletter of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Foundation | August 2012 | Vol. 4 - No. 1 An Evening In early April, the UAFS Foundation hosted an event at the home of board member Bill Hanna and his wife, Adrienne, celebrating the accomplishments of its volunteer board and the contributions of eight individuals, families, and companies that have become pillars of the Giving Opportunity campaign. Among those donors, each of whom was given a limited edition bronze replica of the University’s signature Numa to R e m e m b er sculpture, were (left to right, with Chancellor Paul B. Beran, Ph.D. standing at far left): Adrienne Hanna, Chris Whitt, Sam T. Sicard (representing First Bank Corp.), Bob Powell, Bill Hanna (representing Hanna Oil & Gas), Janice Powell, Gina Pendergraft, Neal Pendergraft (representing the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation), Donnie Pendergraft, Lawson and Debbie Hembree, and Kate Maurras and Debe Vicharelli (representing the Boreham family). Although major gifts like theirs form the bedrock upon which the campaign is built, gifts of every size remain vitally important to its ultimate success. “While we are pausing to acknowledge and appreciate your giving and your hard work,” Beran said that evening, “we will go back to campus and keep working to reach our $50 million goal.” ALMOST THERE Scheduled to open in August, a major library addition takes shape, as does the fundraising effort to help offset its cost The Learning and Research Center at Boreham Library is scheduled to open in time for the 2012 fall semester. As of July, the new Learning and Research Center at Boreham Library was taking real shape, as was the UAFS Foundation’s effort to raise $5 million in private gifts to help offset the $14.2 million cost of the project. Alumni and friends of the University have already given nearly $1.25 million in support of the Center, taking advantage of numerous naming opportunities. Among the areas already named are the Dr. Ted and Betty Skokos Commons, the Babb Institute for Applied Innovation, the John Lewellen, Sr. Outdoor Reading Area, the Carole and Jim Williamson Business Solutions Center, the Bruce and Eileen Worley Presentation Room, the Farrell-Cooper Mining Team Learning Laboratory, the Forsgren Family Conference Room, the Kyle D. Parker, J.D. Landing, the Wanda and A.G. Cluck Study Room, and several study carrels. But many prime naming opportunities remain, says Development Officer Anne Thomas. Ranging from $100 to $250,000, they include a reading room, study rooms, study carrels, a computer instruction lab, the Learning and Research Center’s 24-hour zone, work and conference rooms within the Babb Institute, a computer access area, an art gallery, a study corner, and a signature piece of artwork for the addition. The Learning and Research Center is scheduled to open in time for the beginning of the 2012 fall semester. Renovation of the existing Boreham Library will continue through early 2013, when a celebration of the opening of the entire building is scheduled. As what began as a framework of bare beams and girders gradually takes on the outlines of a bold, contemporary building, the Learning and Research Center is already becoming a focal point of UAFS’s growing campus. But when it opens this summer, it will be much more than that; it will be the capstone on the institution’s transformation into a premier regional university. For more information on naming opportunities in the Learning and Research Center at Boreham Library, or to schedule a tour of the facility, please contact Development Officer Anne Thomas at 479-788-7033 or 5210 Grand Avenue • Fort Smith, AR 72903

Advances - August 2012

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