Bishop’s Univer­sity Re­ceives $3 Mil­lion Gift To­ward The

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Itis with im­mense grat­i­tude that Bishop’s Univer­sity an­nounces that alum­nus John Don­ald ‘60, DCL ‘12, has made a com­mit­ment of $3-mil­lion to the Lead­ing the Way Cam­paign to es­tab­lish the Don­ald Lec­ture Se­ries in per­pe­tu­ity.

For each of the past seven years, Bishop’s has been the for­tu­nate ben­e­fi­ciary of gifts from Mr. Don­ald to fund the se­ries. His vi­sion in 2008 was to bring thought lead­ers of in­ter­na­tional renown to the East­ern Town­ships to share their in­sights and pro­voke thought on the world’s most com­pelling is­sues and events.

Since 2008, the Univer­sity has hosted 28 speak­ers, and boasted attendance of over 11,000 com­mu­nity mem­bers, stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff, all of whom have ben­e­fited from hear­ing th­ese dis­tin­guished speak­ers free of charge. From Jesse Jack­son, Romeo Dal­laire and Michaëlle Jean to Clara Hughes and Ed­ward Bur­tyn­sky, each speaker has left his or her own unique mark on the com­mu­nity at large.

“The Don­ald Lec­ture Se­ries was that miss­ing, seam­less link be­tween our classes and the rest of the world. It bridged that gap, so that a few times a year we could put down our text­books to hear from doc­tors in dis­as­ter zones, lead­ing thinkers on the fu­ture of our ci­ties, and lead­ers in pol­i­tics and business. And when we opened our text­books again, it was with new, rich in­sights.

Most im­por­tantly, it brought us closer as a Bishop’s com­mu­nity. It taught us to ap­ply what we had learned, and to con­sider the world beyond the class­room. In that way, it is en­tirely true to the Bishop’s ex­pe­ri­ence.” Mark Law­son ’09 Mr. Don­ald com­mented on his trans­for­ma­tive com­mit­ment to his alma mater, say­ing “I grew up in the East­ern Town­ships and I at­tended Bishop’s. I care deeply about this com­mu­nity and am very grate­ful for ev­ery­thing I re­ceived. I am so pleased that there has been great pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in th­ese lec­tures.”

“We are ex­cep­tion­ally grate­ful to Mr. Don­ald for this $3-mil­lion gift, al­low­ing us to fund the Don­ald Lec­ture Se­ries for­ever,” said Michael Gold­bloom, C.M., Prin­ci­pal and Vice-Chan­cel­lor. “Over the years, we have been treated to an ex­cep­tional breadth and depth of in­sight and knowl­edge by many thought­ful in­di­vid­u­als. The se­ries has en­hanced the aca­demic and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences of our Univer­sity and our re­gion. It is won­der­ful to know that for years to come, ev­ery stu­dent who comes to Bishop’s will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn from some of the out­stand­ing lead­ers of their time.”

On Tues­day, Jan­uary 27th, 2015, Bishop’s

cont'd page 7 Astro­naut spoke yes­ter­day af­ter­noon and again in the evening to two full houses in Cen­ten­nial The­atre as part of the Don­ald Lec­ture Se­ries.

Col. Chris Had­field

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