JBU re­ceives $25,000 grant to­ward ren­o­va­tion of May­field Res­i­dence Hall

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - From Staff Re­ports

John Brown Univer­sity was awarded a $25,000 grant from The Roy and Chris­tine Stur­gis Char­i­ta­ble Trust of Texas, Bank of Amer­ica, N.A., Trustee to­ward the univer­sity’s $6 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion of May­field Res­i­dence Hall, the univer­sity’s his­toric women’s dor­mi­tory that has housed more than 10,000 women since its open­ing in 1964.

“We are very thank­ful for this grant that helps pro­vide over 250 JBU women a ‘home away from home’ as they grow as adults and pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tional goals,” Dr. April More­ton, se­nior di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment, said. “This gift will up­grade May­field to a more mod­ern and safe en­vi­ron­ment where stu­dents can de­velop in­tel­lec­tu­ally, emo­tion­ally and spir­i­tu­ally.”

May­field’s ren­o­va­tion will in­clude new bath­rooms and plumb­ing, new dé­cor for all of the com­mon ar­eas, a new HVAC sys­tem and a mod­ern fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem. In ad­di­tion, each res­i­dent room will have a sink, sound-re­sis­tant walls, high-ef­fi­ciency LED light­ing, and new, mod­u­lar fur­ni­ture for res­i­dents to max­i­mize and per­son­al­ize their liv­ing spa­ces. The ren­o­va­tion be­gan spring 2017 and will be com­pleted by sum­mer 2018.

“May­field is a place where young women make great mem­o­ries, find a com­mu­nity of love and sup­port, and cre­ate life­long friend­ships,” Lau­ren Lane, May­field res­i­dence di­rec­tor, said. “This project en­sures that May­field will con­tinue to serve stu­dents for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The May­field Ren­o­va­tion Project is the new­est ini­tia­tive of JBU’s $125 Mil­lion Cam­paign for the Next Cen­tury. JBU has cur­rently raised more than $110 mil­lion to­ward the $125 mil­lion goal and plans to com­plete the cam­paign on JBU’s cen­ten­nial in 2019.

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