Trustee grants $4 million
March 5, 2004
With a $4 million gift, the largest in University of La Verne history, Trustee
Michael Abraham has brought the Campus Center Project a step closer to becoming
The Campus Center Project includes the development of a building, which will
be the new campus center.
As part of the project, the current student center will be remodeled and will
only host sports. As a third piece of the puzzle, a landscape plaza will be
developed in front of the Supertents.
Abraham and his wife, Sarah, have shown interest in the past in the development
of this project, said ULV President Stephen Morgan. They decided to show their
support by giving a $4 million donation.
I want to express appreciation for their extraordinary leadership,
Morgan said. These types of gifts are the ideal models of success that
The project will take $16 million. Abraham has challenged the rest of the
trustee members to match his donation.
The other trustees are responding generously, Morgan said.
Trustee Ben Harris and his wife, Barbara, have also shown their support to
the project by giving a $1 million donation.
Harris has been the trustee chairman for the past 25 years, and Abraham has
been in the trustee committee since 1999, said Vice President of University
Relations Jean Bjerke.
The new student center will be located between C and Second streets. It
will be a three-story building, Morgan said.
The ground floor will have a recreation center, café, mailroom and
the office of student affairs. The second floor will host the Career Development
Center, Graduate Student Services, clubs and organizations, the Learning Enhancement
Center and the Associated Student Federation Forum. The third floor will have
new classrooms and a lounge.
There is still more planning to do, Bjerke said. It will
be at least a year before we start the project.