Fireworks, banners, a brass band, and confetti accompanied the dedication of a new academic building on the campus of Benedictine College overlooking the Missouri River.
Board members, a student leader, and capstone donors Jim and Elizabeth Ferrell were all on hand for the dedication of the new Ferrell Academic Center.
“Throughout history, the Benedictines preserved western civilization and specifically were at the forefront of commerce, education, theology and philosophy,” Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis said in a press release. “In fact, in the year 529, when Plato’s Academy was closed, St. Benedict founded his school and established the groundwork for the modern Catholic college and university system. Therefore, it is appropriate that this building should contain the departments of business, education, theology and philosophy.”
The project was part of the college’s successful Investing in Excellence Campaign, which raised more than $70 million, doubled the college’s endowment, and raised the capital to build both the Ferrell Academic Center as well as Mary’s Grotto in the center of campus.
“A great Catholic college needs quality teaching space,” said Minnis. “This new facility will serve as an enduring symbol of our commitment to academic excellence.”
The Ferrell Academic Center provides a major upgrade for the School of Business and the Education Department, which encompass the college’s most popular majors, the most state-of-the-art facilities in the nation for the Theology and Philosophy Departments, as well as upgraded and expanded meeting and conferencing facilities.
Benedictine College is recommended as a faithful Catholic college in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
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