Photo of Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., Mary Louise and Terry '62 Monaghan, and Saint Martin's University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. at the construction site for the new science building
September 11, 2018

LACEY, Wash. – Terry ’62 and Mary Louise Monaghan have made a generous endowed gift for the Saint Martin’s University Science Initiative to be used in support of the building preservation of the new science building. The Monaghans’ gift fulfills the challenge matching gift from the Abbey and brings the Science Initiative campaign to a successful conclusion. The campaign has raised more than $10.4 million for the new building and its endowment.

“We are happy to be able to support the new science building initiative for Saint Martin’s University with our gift,” the Monaghans said. “This facility rounds out Saint Martin’s program to have a world-class STEM complex that will enable the University to continue to thrive, and to serve current and future students with an excellent education.”

Mary Louise said, “We wanted to make the capping gift to the campaign and match the Abbey’s generous donation. Saint Martin’s University means so much to us and our family. Terry is a graduate in civil engineering and three of our grandchildren have attended the University.”

“The Monaghans have long been a part of the life of Saint Martin’s University and their wonderful capping gift is another example of their devotion to the University,” said Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B. ‘65, major superior of Saint Martin’s Abbey and chancellor of Saint Martin’s University. “We are so pleased that their gift has fulfilled the challenge match set by the Abbey’s donation. We look forward to the opening of the new science building and the expanded educational opportunities that the new facility will provide for our students.”  

The University has started construction on the new 30,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory facility that will house its growing natural and physical science programs. The new science building, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019, will include laboratories, classrooms, collaborative research spaces and offices. It will be strategically located near Cebula Hall and adjacent to the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation and the E.L. Wiegand Laboratories, which houses engineering, computer science and industrial labs, creating a STEM complex at the core of the campus.

On Monday, Sept. 17, at 4:00 p.m., the University will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new science building. The event will be held at the construction site for the new building, behind Panowicz Foundry for Innovation and the E.L. Wiegand Laboratories. Saint Martin’s students, Abbey members, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University are invited to attend.

“The University is sincerely grateful to all the donors who contributed to the Science Initiative and who made this campaign such a success,” said Cecelia Loveless, vice president for institutional advancement. “The Monaghans have made a capping gift that not only makes the new science building a reality for our students in the fall of 2019, but also provides a foundation for the building’s continued development and maintenance.” Those who are interested in joining the Monaghans and supporting the preservation endowment for the new science building can make a gift through the Saint Martin’s University giving page

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 27 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Cecelia Loveless
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
360-412-6138; cloveless@stmartin.edu

Genevieve Chan
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
360-438-4332; gchan@stmartin.edu

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager
360-412-6126; khyde@stmartin.edu