College receives large gift from Abbey
December 11, 2002
Lacey, Wash. - A $335,000 gift recently given by Saint Martin’s Abbey to
Saint Martin’s College will assist the college on several fronts as it
grows and develops.
The largest portion of the gift, $280,000, is being paired with a
$300,000 Abbey gift made earlier this year to help pay for expansion of
existing dining and food-service areas in the college’s Old Main
Another portion of the gift, $25,000, consists of a challenge grant
that, when matched with a like amount, will help the college’s O’Grady
Library connect with ORBIS, a direct-borrowing system among academic
libraries in the Northwest.
The remainder of the gift is a grant that will make possible the
hiring of an institutional researcher/grant writer and an additional
staff member in the college’s Office of Development.
Saint Martin's College is the primary mission of Saint Martin’s
Abbey, which also makes its home on the Saint Martin’s campus.
Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., who heads the Benedictine abbey, said, “We -
the monastic community - look upon ourselves as not only the founders of
the college but also the principle supporters of the college. We do this
not only through volunteer labors, but through sharing our assets with
Roth said its latest gift addresses some of the most pressing needs
to help the college continue to develop and grow.
Saint Martin’s College President David R. Spangler said, “This is a
generous, thoughtful gift. I think it’s very good the Abbey has chosen
these areas because it allows the college to continue to move forward to
the next level of operational capabilities.”
In recent years, enrollment increases at the college, especially
among resident students, has begun to impact areas of the college that
serve those students, he said. Saint Martin’s enrollment for fall
semester is 965 students, a 4.2 percent increase from fall 2001’s
enrollment of 926. Among the most affected areas is the dining room. Its
expansion is part of a campus master plan that calls for Old Main to
eventually connect with a proposed adjoining student center via the
dining and food service areas, he said.
Similarly, expansion of library resources will help more students
access materials necessary to do quality research and projects, while
the addition of the two positions enable the college’s Office of
Advancement to better support college growth.
For more information:
Dr. David R. Spangler
Saint Martin’s College