Brookings, OR. -- One hundred friends and donors of the Curry Campus celebrated Thursday night in the newly constructed campus that opened recently for winter term. The evening dinner, held in the spacious two-story student commons, was hosted by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.
Dr. Patty Scott, President of the college, told supporters that the largest classroom space will be named the Krieger Community Room to honor Wayne Krieger's dedication to the development of the new Curry Campus. Krieger secured $2.3 million from the State of Oregon many years ago and more recently, in the late days of the legislative session of 2011, Wayne promoted a $400,000 appropriation for Curry Campus. This was a critical match which secured a donation made by the Ford Family Foundation of $300,000.
A gift arrived today just in time to announce $250,000 from the Mildred E. and Harvey S. Mudd Foundation at the request of Elizabeth and Kirk Day. In gratitude for this gift the Lobby/Student Commons Area where the celebration took place will carry the name of this Foundation.
Just two weeks ago the Meyer Memorial Trust donated $200,000 to the Curry Campus. This foundation was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, who built the chain of retail stores bearing his name. While this Foundation no longer has any connection to the store, they support projects that reflect the values held by Fred Meyer. The Trust looks for opportunities to invest in people, ideas and efforts that deliver significant social benefits to Oregon.
Dr. Patty Scott thanked Rio Tinto (US Borax) for the beautiful building site, and she thanked Mike Crow of Crow/Clay and Associates Inc. for the building's Northwest Lodge design. Special tribute was made to Janet Pretti, Dean of Curry Campus for her influence on the form and function of the building.
The Curry Coastal Pilot newspaper was thanked for a major gift that came through their parent company's foundation. The parent company is Western Communications and their foundation is the Robert W. Chandler II Fund of Oregon Community Foundation. This gift will be remembered with the naming of the Curry Coastal Pilot Resource Room.
Other rooms which will bear the name of donors or those who they chose to honor include:
The Curry County Realtors Association Upper Commons
Ed Freeman and Bob Sutton Classroom (Freeman Marine)
Bill Cronberger Student Study Room, dedicated by Carolyn Cronberger
The Dyer Partnership Meeting Room (an engineering firm in Coos Bay).
Jack and Margaret Dean Tutoring Center
The celebration will continue on Friday with a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.