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Father David Sharland, Y.A., chaplain and director
of Campus Ministry, blesses the cornerstones.
Father David Sharland blesses the cornerstone
of Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall.
Sophomore Vinay Dhanaraj, a Health Sciences/pre-Physical
Therapy major, explains why he is so excited about the new
On May 2, Marymount University celebrated the blessing of the cornerstones
for two new buildings: Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall,
a 77,000-square-foot residence hall that will provide apartment-style
housing for 239 students, and Caruthers Hall, a 52,000-square-foot
academic building focused on the sciences and health sciences. These
facilities are part of Marymount's 26th Street Project, which also
includes the Malek Family Plaza, an attractive outdoor gathering
space between the buildings; the BB&T clock tower on
Caruthers Hall; and four levels of underground parking. A statue
of the late Sr. Majella Berg, RSHM, who was president of Marymount
from 1960 to 1993, will be a part of the Malek Family Plaza.
The 26th Street Project is being funded in part by Marymount's
comprehensive capital campaign, Building a Future of Excellence
and Distinction. The new facilities will address the University's
most critical needs: state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms,
apartment-style housing to enhance the campus-life experience and
attract new students, and additional parking. They will also enable
Marymount to expand and strengthen key academic programs and offer
more students than ever the opportunity to live on campus.
The day's program began with Mass in Marymount's Sacred Heart of
Mary Chapel, then moved to the Malek Family Plaza, between the two
new buildings. Mr. Barry Fitzpatrick, chairman of Marymount's Board
of Trustees, thanked the project's donors, saying, "When you
think of cornerstones, you picture the firm foundation that supports
a building. But it occurs to me that the real cornerstones of this
'Miracle on 26th Street' are the people who have made it happen."
He noted that many have contributed to making the project a reality,
and thanked key supporters by name: Marymount trustee Rose Benté
Lee and her late husband, Rear Admiral William M. Ostapenko; prominent
northern Virginia businessman and community leader Preston C. Caruthers
and his wife, Jeanne; Marymount alumna and trustee Marlene McArthur
Malek and her husband, Frederic V. Malek; and BB&T, the major
corporate donor to the project.
Vinay Dhanaraj '12, a Health Sciences/pre-Physical Therapy major,
spoke on behalf of Marymount's students. He said, "This fall,
I will be living in Lee-Ostapenko Hall and also working there as
a resident assistant. I will not only be living and working in this
part of campus but, as a pre-physical therapy major, I will be one
of the many students engaged in learning in the classrooms and labs
of Caruthers Hall." He added, "This complex is going to
benefit all Marymount students, faculty, and staff. We will all
have opportunities to use the new parking garage, to enjoy the new
café and workout facility, and to take advantage of the new
academic spaces that will be equipped with the best technologies.
I can tell you that the opening of this complex is much anticipated
throughout campus, especially among the students. We are all very
excited to see what the finished product is going to be and, personally,
I can't wait to move in!"
Father David Sharland, Y.A., chaplain and director of Campus Ministry
at Marymount, then blessed the cornerstone of each building in turn.
The Marymount University Chapel Choir sang Psalm 84 and For
Dr. James E. Bundschuh, president of Marymount, closed the ceremony,
noting, "This project represents a transformational moment
for Marymount University. When we cut the ribbons on these buildings
in October, we will also be celebrating Marymount's 60th anniversary.
It is fitting that our University will take a giant leap forward
as it begins the seventh decade of its existence, thanks to these
new facilities." He also expressed his appreciation of Marymount's
neighbors and the Arlington County Board, saying, "They have
been so helpful and supportive to us throughout this process. Marymount
truly is Arlington's university. We are proud to be an integral
part of this community, and we value the positive relationships
that we have with our friends and neighbors here."
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