C-SC issued project completion challenge

Monday, July 01, 2013

Culver-Stockton’s goal of a new recreation and wellness center is now one step closer to reality. The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has issued Culver-Stockton College a $700,000 project completion challenge for the future recreation and wellness center. Culver-Stockton must raise a total of $2.8 million by April 9, 2014 to meet this challenge. To date, the College has raised $1.6 million. When Culver-Stockton raises the remaining funds, the Mabee Foundation will donate $700,000 to complete the project.

Once completed, the recreation and wellness center will offer C-SC students many advantages, including tennis courts, basketball courts and fitness equipment. The facility will also have a juice bar and reception area for students to relax and congregate. This building is planned as an addition to the already existing Activity and Recreation Center, though the new facility will have nearly double the square footage and highly improved amenities.

“Gaining the Mabee Foundation’s support for a challenge grant is something our entire campus has helped attain. The proposal to the Foundation focused on our community’s commitment to further enrich the current student experience and to build upon the momentum happening on the Hill to attract even more students,” said Richard Valentine, president of the College. “In fact, student named the recreation and wellness center as their top priority for campus improvements, and we’ve been working since to make their request a reality.”

This is not the first time Culver-Stockton has had the opportunity to partner with the Mabee Foundation on further developing the campus. The Mabee Foundation has issued three other challenge grants to C-SC, two worth $250,000 to raise funds for the renovation of the L.L. Culver Gymnasium (now the Herrick Foundation Center) and the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center, and just over $1 million to construct the Science Center. The foundation also donated funds toward the construction of the Joe Charles Field House and Clough Hall.

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation was formed in 1948 by Mr. John E. Mabee and his wife Lottie. The purposes of the foundation are to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning and hospitals. Since its founding, the Mabee Foundation has funded projects throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Since its establishment, the foundation has distributed nearly $1 billion in grants.

Raising funds for a new recreation and wellness center is one of five priorities featured in Culver-Stockton’s comprehensive campaign, “A Vision for Our Future.” The other four areas of focus include updates for the library, campus beautification and paving improvements, student scholarships and increasing the endowment. The campaign has a 3-year time period with a goal of $10.4 million. The campaign was announced to the public at the end of a successful year raising money privately. The second year of the campaign ended June 30, and the Culver-Stockton community now has one year to raise the remaining funds. To date, $10 million has been raised.