Building a strong foundation

Leading Together

On April 11, dignitaries broke ground for the new Gary Sumers Recreation Center, part of a $54 million renovation and expansion of the ­Athletic Complex. Taking part were (from left) Craig D. Schnuck, vice chair and chair-elect of the Board of Trustees; John Schael, outgoing director of athletics; Gary Sumers, member of the WUSTL Board of Trustees; Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; and Matthew Re, Student Union president. (Photo: James Byard)

As of June 1, 2014, Leading Together: The ­Campaign for Washington University had raised $1.547 billion toward a minimum goal of $2.2 billion. The campaign supports strategic goals in four key areas: preparing future leaders, advancing human health, ­inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship, and enhancing the quality of life for all.

As part of the Leading Together campaign, the goal for scholarship support has been increased to $400 million. More than $239 million has been secured since the start of the campaign.

One of Washington University’s enduring commitments is to build both the quality and diversity of its student body. Additional resources for financial aid will help ensure that every admitted student can afford to attend.

As part of the Leading Together campaign, the goal for scholarship support has been increased to $400 million. More than $242.9 million has been secured since the start of the campaign.

Building a more diverse and stronger student body ­requires more than financial aid. The university must provide the very best learning environment for all students, including excellent advising, great faculty, outstanding ­facilities, and effective career planning and placement ­services. Every admitted student has the potential to make important contributions to society. The university is ­committed to helping them all fulfill and enhance that ­potential through their Washington University experience.

Faculty and staff campaign launched

In March 2014, the university launched Our ­Washington: Together We Make a Difference, the faculty and staff component of the Leading Together campaign. Faculty and staff campaigns are part of every major ­campaign at colleges and universities today. Strong participation sends a ­powerful ­message that the university has the ­support of the dedicated people who work here.

Prior to the launch, nearly 2,500 Washington University faculty and staff already had made gifts and commitments totaling more than $16 million.

Sumers Recreation Center groundbreaking

On April 11, 2014, the university broke ground for the new Gary Sumers Recreation Center. Trustee Gary Sumers, AB ’75, made a $12 million commitment to support the 66,500-square-foot facility, which will feature a three-court gymnasium with a ­suspended running track, multi-purpose rooms for group exercise, a spinning ­studio, locker rooms, team meeting space and expanded sports medicine facilities. The expansion also ­includes the new Gary ­Sumers ­Fitness Center in Francis Gymnasium and renovations to the existing Athletics Complex.

Gary Sumers is a retired senior ­executive with the New York–based Blackstone Group. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, he is a member of Washington University’s New York Regional Cabinet and the National Council for Arts & Sciences. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award at Founders Day in 2009.

“This new facility is a major step forward for Washington University and our fitness and athletics programs,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “We are grateful to Gary Sumers for their extraordinary support and vision of providing a well-­rounded, complete educational experience that promotes health and wellness for our talented and hardworking students.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Gary Sumers said, “Our wish for the students of Washington University is to emerge from their once-in-a-lifetime experience here with confidence, strength, good health and abilities beyond what they previously imagined possible.”

The Sumers Recreation Center is scheduled to open in 2016. For more information, visit University Newsroom.

Jubel Hall announced

Donald A. Jubel and Karen Jubel
WUSTL Trustee Donald A. Jubel, BSME ’73, and his wife, Karen, have been longtime supporters of the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Their most recent commitment on behalf of the Jubel family will support the construction of a new facility for the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (Photo: Joe Angeles)

Trustee Donald Jubel, BSME ’73, has made a substantial commitment on ­behalf of the Jubel family, through the Henry A. Jubel ­Foundation, toward the construction of a new facility for the School of Engineering & ­Applied Science. The new building — Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall — will house the ­Department of Mechanical ­Engineering & ­Materials Science. It is named in honor of Don Jubel’s parents.

Henry Jubel, BS ’40, founded Spartan Light Metal Products, ­headquartered in St. Louis, in 1961. A partial scholarship helped him attend college, and he attributed his success to his Washington University education. “This is why our family and Spartan also have supported scholarships,” Don Jubel says. “My father would always say, ‘Help people blossom.’ Hopefully, this new building will do that.”

“This generous gift contributes to our long-range master plan for the engineering school,” says Dean Ralph Quatrano, PhD, the Spencer T. Olin Professor. “We are immensely grateful that Karen and Don Jubel believe in the power of philan­thropy and the good it can bring to ­society through their extraordinary support.”

The construction of Jubel Hall is scheduled to ­begin in the next few years. The new ­building will ­enable the Department of ­Mechanical ­Engineering & Materials ­Science to expand the number of its faculty and provide the infrastructure to double its ­robust ­research program.

Don Jubel says, “It would be my hope that an engineer who walked the halls of this new building and learned in its classrooms might go on to develop something of great benefit to society.”