We Did It!
A $3 million gift from David “Scotty” (B.S. ’57) and Jacque Holland of Houston has boosted the Jackson School beyond its fundraising goal to just over $8 million. The Hollands and 355 other Jackson School alumni and friends have made the dream a reality. The Holland Family Student Center will open this fall, September 2012.
And we raised the funds in less than two years.
In July 2010, Dean Mosher publically announced the campaign for the Student Center at the home of Advisory Council member Chuck Williamson (PhD ’78). What started with a small gathering of supporters has grown to embrace a significant portion of our community.
An integral part of the school’s strategic plan, the Holland Family Student Center will be a central hub for the geosciences on the university’s main campus and a space for students to study, collaborate and meet with advisers.
“This enhances our goal to create the community and feel of a small college within the larger university campus,” said Mosher. “We are deeply grateful for the visionary generosity of the Hollands, who are long-time supporters of higher education in general and of the Jackson School in particular.”
One of the most gratifying aspects of how this project came together is the breadth of alumni support. It wasn’t the work of one or two people, but rather the faith and generosity of 355 donors that made it possible. Donors Steve (M.A. ’81) and Kathy (B.S. ’83) Weiner, who met when they were geology students, sponsored an interview room with a unique geological name, the Gondawanaland-A-Job Interview Room.
“We saw the need for an area where the students can sit and talk between classes and meet informally with professors,” said Steve, “So we contributed to the student center as our anniversary gift to each other.”
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Scotty Holland has served the university as a member of the Geology Foundation’s Advisory Council since 1986, chairing the council from 1991 to 1993.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better place to study geology than UT Austin,” said Holland. “My wife and I have been so fortunate. We wanted to give back. We would like to see our contributions help future generations of students grow, understand and have better lives.”
Official press release: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/news/?p=2707
Student Center Donors: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/alumni/support/student-center-donors/
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Photos of completed center (summer 2012)
Credit: Thomas McConnell
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Comparisons of architectural renderings & construction photos (Jan. 2012)
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