Media Contact: Paul Baker Director of Advancement Communications Office of Advancement (312) 362-5897 [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2008 Exelon Foundation gives $400,000 to DePaul science campaign
The Exelon Foundation announced it will contribute $400,000 to DePaul University in support of
its $20 million Campaign for Excellence in Science.
The gift will go toward construction of the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building on
DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, which will house the school’s chemistry and environmental
sciences departments and provide space for DePaul’s growing biology department.
The 129,000 square-foot, four-story building is scheduled to open for classes in January 2009. A
100-seat, tiered auditorium on the building’s first floor and a second story skyway connecting the
new building to an existing building will be named in recognition of the Exelon Foundation’s
“We are delighted that the Exelon Foundation has invested in DePaul’s commitment to high-
quality science education,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s president.
“The economic strength of the country and the well-being of its citizens will in large measure
depend upon our becoming a nation of learners and innovators in science and technology."
The new building will incorporate several “green” features, including a partial green roof,
innovative waste water handling technologies, water-efficient landscaping, the use of certified
wood products, low-emitting finish materials and recycled construction materials. The building is
expected to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) silver certification rating.
“One of the priorities of the Exelon Foundation is to support science education. Another
foundation focus is to promote the use of energy efficient technology. The new science building
at DePaul University combines both of these concerns,” said Steve Solomon, Exelon Foundation
president. “We are proud to facilitate construction of DePaul’s first major ’green‘ building, and
support the university’s integrated approach to teaching science.”
Frank M. Clark, who is chairman and CEO of ComEd, an Exelon operating company, is a DePaul
alumnus and trustee. He also co-chairs the university’s Campaign for Excellence in Science.
DePaul’s Campaign for Excellence in Science has raised 89.4 percent of its $20 million goal. In
addition to the new building, the campaign is raising money to recruit and train science educators
and professionals, bolster research opportunities for undergraduate students and build alliances
with area high schools and community colleges to increase overall enrollment and graduation
About DePaul University With more than 23,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, not-for-profit university in the Midwest. DePaul’s mission emphasizes academic excellence, community service, access to education and respect for the individual. About the Exelon Foundation The Exelon Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization funded solely by Exelon Corporation, an energy company, through shareholder dollars. The Foundation supports nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations primarily within the Exelon operating companies’ service areas. The mission of the Foundation is to encourage respect for the environment and strengthen the social and economic fabric of the community by primarily providing program grants in three areas – environment and conservation awareness, innovative math and science education, and diversity and tolerance.
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