Berea Exceeds $10 Million Campaign Goal for New Science/Health Building

Berea College is proud to announce that it has exceeded its $10 million campaign goal for the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, raising over $12 million in less than two years.  Nearly 1,000 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students joined together to make the vision a reality. The Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health building will be a 125,000-square-foot facility that will house the College’s science disciplines, mathematics and nursing. As we get ready for the dedication on October 20, 2018, we want to share the stories of those who inspired us and whose gifts made the campaign possible.

Our most recent video features Melissa Garcia Maldonado, a senior nursing major who wants to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner within the prison system. After beginning the first semester of her senior year in the new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building Melissa says, “It makes learning so much easier, having up-to-date technology and being able to use it to its fullest to prepare us for life after Berea.”

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The Campaign Committee, comprised of Berea College trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff began the fundraising campaign in April 2016 with a groundbreaking ceremony. At its completion, the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building will house the biology, chemistry, mathematics, nursing and physics departments. Currently, Berea’s science departments are housed in the Charles Martin Hall Science Building, which was built in 1927 and updated in 1984.

Cargill Science Building Progress Photo from October 2017

The Margaret A. Cargill Natural Science and Health Building, construction progress in October 2017.

“We are thrilled to close out this campaign and add a stunning new facility to our campus,” said Bernadine Douglas, vice president for alumni and college relations. “We were inspired by the tremendous leadership and generosity of our trustees, who set the pace for the campaign. We exceeded our goal by more than $2 million for a project so essential to the continued success of Berea’s science and nursing programs.”

As a private college, Berea does not receive state support for construction of facilities. An anonymous contribution in the form of a 3-to-1 match to the College’s fundraising efforts resulted in a $40 million gift toward the $72 million facility.

“Our new building will provide an interdisciplinary learning environment that will enhance collaboration among the natural science disciplines found currently in our beloved Hall Science Building,” said Matt Saderholm ’92, who chairs the academic division that includes mathematics, natural sciences and nursing. “But even more exciting are the new connections possible when nursing and mathematics join us. We’re creating a holistic STEM and health learning community on par with elite higher education institutions to better prepare our students for careers in health, research, education, and for high-tech jobs regionally and nationwide.”

Berea College has produced a number of esteemed healthcare professionals and innovative scientists whose work continues to impact the world, including:

  • Dr. John Fenn ’37, 2002 Nobel Prize winner for chemistry
  • Dr. G. Samuel Hurst ’47, physicist and inventor of touch-screen technology
  • Dr. George Lester ’54, developer of the catalytic convertor
  • Dr. Rocky Tuan ’72, world-renowned stem cell researcher
  • Dr. Harold “Hal” Moses ’58, founding director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Dr. Charlotte Beason ’70, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Jack Roush ’64, automotive engineer, designer and owner of Roush Fenway Racing
  • John Haun ’48, nationally-recognized expert in petroleum geology

“As a physics faculty member with much experience in teaching science before coming to Berea, I am particularly pleased to see such innovative new facilities for natural sciences and health,” Berea College President Lyle Roelofs said. “As a college administrator, I understand the importance of continuing Berea’s tradition of excellence in the sciences for our next generation of student scholars in science, health and nursing. And as a Berean, I am so deeply moved by the generosity of many of our friends and alumni and their commitment to sustaining the opportunity of an education of the highest quality for our students.”

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.