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Marylhurst University Receives E. L. Wiegand Foundation Grant

Significant Award Will Help Remodel Wiegand Chapel on
Historic Campus

The E. L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nevada, has awarded Marylhurst University a grant of more than $240,000 to help fund the renovation and restoration of the E. L. Wiegand Hall Chapel. The chapel is located in Marylhurst's iconic B.P. John Administration Building, and was named after the foundation in 1989 to recognize its first grant to the university.

"The E. L. Wiegand Chapel embodies the spirit and spirituality of Marylhurst and the Foundation is pleased to support its 're-emergence' on campus," said Kristen Avansino, President.

The foundation is a longtime supporter of Marylhurst. In addition to the chapel, it also has funded a partial building renovation, a teaching and learning center, and a physics and earth sciences laboratory, all named in honor of the foundation.

"I am profoundly grateful that the E. L. Wiegand Foundation has demonstrated such a strong continuing commitment to Marylhurst," said President Judith Johansen. "This most recent generous gift makes it possible to proceed with one of our university priorities: renovating and restoring the E. L. Wiegand Hall Chapel, the most beautiful and significant interior space on our campus."

Work on the chapel will begin in June and be performed by Schommer & Sons, a Portland-based firm that has a long association with Marylhurst. The renovation and restoration project includes creation of a private worship space, or oratory, in the vestibule, and complete refurbishment of the nave.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,600 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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