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HCC launches capital campaign to furnish, equip STEM building

January 10, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College Foundation has launched the public phase of a $1.6 million capital campaign to furnish and equip HCC’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building and the Kepler Theater, currently under renovation.

Fundraising for the campaign began in late summer, not long after the college broke ground on the STEM building in June, said Lieba Cohen, director of institutional advancement and executive director of the HCC foundation.

The campaign is titled “The Best is Yet to Be,” and is being co-chaired by Mark Harrell, president and chief operating officer of Centra Bank, and James Pierne, president and CEO of Susquehanna Bank, according to a news release about the campaign.

To date, the foundation has raised about $200,000 for the campaign, Cohen said.

Most of the approximately $45.3 million to build the 65,000-square-foot STEM building, renovate and expand the Kepler Theater, and renovate existing classroom and science buildings will come through the state and the county.

However, public funds will not pay for furniture and equipment, the release said.

“Most people don’t realize that state and county funding for capital projects at colleges and universities (does) not provide the full cost of what is needed to furnish and equip these new buildings,” the release quoted HCC President Guy Altieri as saying.

As the community’s college, HCC receives great support from alumnae, businesses and individuals, Cohen said.

“This community is very understanding of the value of education,” she said.

With classes scheduled to start in the STEM building in January 2012, and the Kepler Theater scheduled for completion by the end of 2011, the foundation hopes to reach its fundraising goal by the fall, Cohen said.  

Renovation of the existing classroom science buildings will start after the STEM building and Kepler Theater are completed, she said.

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