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William Jewell College meets Mabee Foundation challenge for Sorority Complex
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
September 5, 2008

William Jewell College has successfully met the terms of a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation to assist in construction of the college’s new $14 million Sorority Complex and Greek Common.

“In this final phase of fundraising, we celebrate this gift from the Mabee Foundation and all of the donors who helped us complete the terms of the Mabee challenge grant over the last ten months,” said Dr. Chad Jolly, vice president for advancement at William Jewell. “This gift from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation will allow us to move forward in the creation a vibrant living and learning experience and have our students in the new complex by the fall of 2009.”

The complex will include four sorority houses with suite-style rooms and private bathrooms. The design features a multi-purpose room accommodating up to 250 people, a fitness center, private study rooms, modern laundry facilities and lounges. A Greek Common building will join the four houses and serve as a focal point for Greek life on the campus.

“For five years we have been dreaming, hoping and planning for what a new Sorority Complex and Greek Common could mean for the William Jewell College community,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell. “Now, those dreams are becoming a reality.”

Ground was broken recently and site preparation is under way for the Sorority Complex and Greek Common, which is being built on the site of the former Regent’s Quad apartments just north of the Mabee Center for Physical Education. Regent’s Quad took the brunt of the tornado that struck the campus in May of 2003. The complex was too heavily damaged to be repaired and was razed.

“Our trustees, alumni, students, and friends have demonstrated a deep commitment to the quality of life for future generations of women at the college,” said Dr. Rick Winslow, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “We are grateful to the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for the tremendous opportunity they have provided us.”

William Jewell College has previously partnered with the Mabee Foundation to assist with the Yates-Gill College Union renovation and in construction of the Mabee Center for Physical Education.

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., a Delaware non-profit corporation, was formed in 1948 by John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, with its office in Tulsa, Okla. The Foundation aids institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other charitable organizations.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the college’s location within a metroplex of 1.5 million.

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