CRESSON - An anonymous benefactor has donated $500,000 for the renovation and repurposing of Mount Aloysius College's former gymnasium.
Aside from a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grant, that anonymous gift is the largest in the college's current capital campaign, Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley said in a press release.
"Everyone associated with Mount Aloysius College is extremely grateful for this gift," Foley was quoted as saying. "The donor has directed us to memorialize the work of Sister Virginia "Ginny" Bertschi, RSM, who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with then College President Sister Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, as her Administrative Senior Vice President. Together with the College's Board, they engineered the formulation and execution of a transformational Campus Master Plan. The recent completion of the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center marks the culmination of that Plan."
Foley noted that the scope of achievement by the Sisters Bertschi-Dillon team is remarkable and made a historic impact on the beautification of the 193-acre campus, which highlights old architecture as well as modernization.
Plans for repurposing the multi-purpose facility call for student-centered spaces where commuter and residential students can relax, socialize, study, conduct meetings, enjoy games and manage the business of over 100 student clubs, teams
and organizations on campus.
Kitchen facilities will allow students to enjoy snacks and will also give the college an additional venue for its growing roster of special events, the release