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  Avila Receives $900,000 Challenge Grant  
  Capital improvements will include renovation, expansion of various
campus buildings
  Kansas City, MO    
January 26, 2010
Avila University recently received approval from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for a $900,000 challenge grant in support of a $4.5 million project for various capital improvements throughout its campus.

To receive the challenge grant funding, Avila must raise $1.7 million by December 31, 2010.

“We are excited to see the continued growth and development of the Avila campus to better serve our students and the entire university community,” said Avila University President Ron Slepitza. “By coming together and working as one, we are confident the fundraising goal will be met and these needed improvements to the campus will be a future reality.”

Specific improvements include:

Mabee Fieldhouse Expansion – Expansion plans include the development of a second practice court for Avila’s varsity athletic teams as well as in support of intramural programs for the entire student body. An expanded weight room and improved fitness facilities will also be a part of the expansion. The pavilion-style building also will be able to host major campus functions and potential community events.

Anatomy Lab Renovation – Following recent renovations in Avila’s biology lab, this project will modernize O’Rielly 215, bringing new technology into the classroom. Additionally, potential plans will allow for improvements to the northwest entrance of O’Rielly.

Whitfield Center Lobby Renovation – Whitfield Center’s lobby will be re-designed to create a campus commons area for students, faculty and staff. Preliminary plans include the addition of a coffee shop-type facility where refreshments will be available.

Entrance Signage – Plans are under development for new entrance signs to campus at both the north and south edges of campus along Wornall Road. With the intention of fitting seamlessly with the look and feel of Jeanne Hamilton Olofson Plaza, the new signs and landscaping will be an attractive addition to campus.

The Avila University Advancement Office currently is accepting contributions for the challenge grant. For more information, please contact Greg Reichert, vice president for advancement at Avila, 816.501.3727.


About Avila University
Avila University is a Catholic, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd. in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.

About the Mabee Foundation
The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., was formed in 1948 by Mr. John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, with its office in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  As stated in its charter, the purposes of the Foundation are to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature.