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Grant from Towsley Foundation Supports
Science Building Expansion Project

Posted November 30, 2000

HOLLAND -- The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation of Midland has awarded Hope College a $750,000 grant for the renovation and expansion of the college's science center.

The project is part of the college's $85 million "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" capital campaign, which the college announced in October.

"The Towsley gift is a great encouragement at a particularly important time in the life of the campaign," said Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College. "Our goal is to break ground in the spring of 2001, and so we need major commitments that will allow us to do this without placing the college in jeopardy with an undertaking of this magnitude."

The $36 million science center project will double the current Peale Science Center building, expanded to the west to include new classrooms, laboratories, and office and storage space. Peale Science Center, which is more than 25 years old, will be updated to better meet contemporary teaching and research needs.

The expanded building will continue to house the departments of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, the geological and environmental sciences, and psychology, with the department of nursing moving in from its cottage headquarters on 14th Street. The design will complement the college's on-going emphasis on collaborative student-faculty research as a teaching model, with the addition of interdisciplinary classroom space reflecting the way that science disciplines increasingly inter-relate.

The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation was established in 1959 by Margaret Dow Towsley with a gift of Dow Chemical Company common stock and incorporated as a private, charitable foundation. The foundation's goal, as set forth in its Articles of Incorporation, is "to assist religious, educational, charitable and scientific organizations with their programs, and for the prevention of cruelty to children."

Recent support of the college by the foundation includes a $500,000 grant in 1994 for the Towsley Research Scholars program at Hope, which supports the college's faculty in blending their research interests and teaching. Most recently, the award supported the research of Dr. J. Jeffery Tyler, assistant professor of religion, during his sabbatical last year.

"Legacies: A Vision of Hope" is organized around three primary components. In addition to the science center project, the campaign's emphases are increasing the endowment, and addressing both short-term and long-term facility and space needs for Hope.

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