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University of Portland's Clark Library receives RISE Campaign gifts totaling $52,500 to help with renovation

University of Portland has announced recent RISE Campaign gifts totaling $52,500 to help complete renovation of the Clark Library, which was dedicated in September.

The recent library gifts included $25,000 from Board of Regents member Jim Murphy, ’91 MBA. Murphy, of Tacoma, Wash., is currently Executive Vice President – International, Costco Wholesale and is a member of the Costco Executive Committee. He has served on the board of regents since May, 2011.

Three Portland-area longtime foundations also contributed recently to the library renovation. The gifts included $10,000 from the Autzen Foundation; $10,000 from Juan Young Trust; and $7,500 from Jackson Foundation.

The Clark Library’s renovation and rebuilding project, which cost an estimated $12.1 million, began in May 2012 and was opened to students and faculty in August. The new, modern library was built on the root structure of the old and now offers current technologies, collaborative and flexible learning spaces, and multi-format information resources. The renovation includes a glass-walled entrance facing the Academic Quad, spacious rooms lit with natural light, compact book shelving, updated study labs, reference and technology assistant stations, and state-of-the-art media labs.

The library has added a Heritage version of the Saint John’s Bible, one of only 45 institutions to do so. The beautifully handwritten and illuminated Bible is displayed prominently in the new building, attesting to the library’s role as a spiritual as well as intellectual hub of the campus.

“The Clark Library has been transformed into a modern and beautiful academic library,” Drew Harrington, dean of the Clark Library, said. “We are enormously pleased to welcome visitors to the library, which features a variety of flexible, colorful, and technology-rich learning spaces.”

Many foundations and individuals have given generously to the renovation, including the family of Maurie Clark, a major benefactor for the original library, built in 1958 and named in honor of his father, Wilson W. Clark, in 1972.

The gifts are part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $163 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

The campaign’s goals are divided into four major themes, each with funding targets: (1) Pursuing academic excellence and faculty funding – $70 million; (2) Providing access for all students and direct assistance – $45 million; (3) Developing faith and leadership – $10 million; and (4) Enriching the campus community and physical resources – $50 million.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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