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August 31, 2009
Two major campaign celebrations illustrate the impact private gifts are having on our campus and beyond.
The Memorial Union bells chimed at 9:09 a.m. on September 9, 2009, as OSU officially launched the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, a new research initiative focused on the human lifespan, with a special emphasis on the physical, mental, and behavioral health of children. The center was made possible by a generous $8 million gift from the late philanthropist Hallie Ford and is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Special guests included Mrs. Ford's children, Carmen Ford Phillips (pictured above right) and Allyn Ford.
In her opening remarks, HHS dean Tammy Bray noted the center's holistic approach of addressing the needs of children in the context of families and communities. President Ed Ray added that the center will serve the people of Oregon and beyond by bringing new focus and excellence to one of the three signature areas in the university’s strategic plan, Improving Health and Wellness.
Speakers at a research symposium following the program included internationally recognized early childhood expert Megan McClelland, who developed a key self-regulation task for preschool age children as a way to predict school readiness, and Hallie Ford Center interim co-director Jeff McCubbin, who discussed to the special needs of children and young adults with disabilities.
In a public ceremony on Friday, September 25, at
4 p.m. OSU will celebrate the construction launch of the Linus Pauling Science Center, the centerpiece facility of The Campaign for OSU. The new 105,000-square-foot building will house the Linus Pauling Institute, chemists from the College of Science, and contain classroom and laboratory space for students and researchers studying chemistry, biology, and life sciences.
The $62.5 million Linus Pauling Science Center is OSU's largest-ever academic building project. Funding for the new facility represents a public/private partnership including $31.25 million in state bonds, a $20 million grant from the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, and a gift of $10.65 million from Al Reser '60 and Pat Reser '60. In addition, some 2,600 other donors have made gifts totaling more than $21 million to support the educational and research programs that will be housed in the building.
Scheduled for completion in spring 2011, the facility honors the legacy of Dr. Linus Pauling '22, a pioneering chemist and the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes.