February 27, 2013
Albion, MI - The Midland-based Charles J. Strosacker Foundation recently provided $250,000 toward the renovation of Albion College's Stockwell Memorial Library, part of which will become the new John S. Ludington Career and Internship Center. Along with the foundation's gift, an additional $100,000 was also directed to the project from a Strosacker fund held by the Midland Area Community Foundation. These additional funds were granted at the direction of the family of the late John S. (Jack) Ludington, '51, who was a longtime trustee of both Albion College and the Strosacker Foundation.
"The latest gifts bring continued momentum to our library renovation campaign, which promises to create new, dynamic learning spaces along with services that support all aspects of our students' education and professional development," said President Donna Randall. "The Strosacker Foundation has assisted Albion with a number of key projects through the years, most recently the renovation and expansion of our science complex. We are most grateful for this support, which reflects the strong historical ties that exist between Albion College and the Midland community."
In April 2012, Phase II of the library campaign began with a $1-million leadership gift from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. The Strosacker gifts bring the total funds raised for this phase of the library project to $3 million, 50 percent of the total fundraising goal, in less than 10 months.
"The renovation of Stockwell Library will provide Albion students with an innovative learning environment and help prepare them for today’s world," said Bobbie Arnold, president of the Strosacker Foundation. "Jack Ludington was a trustee at the Strosacker Foundation for more than 30 years and seeing him honored in this way is a fitting tribute."
The library renovation will promote engaging learning experiences by providing the flexible study areas, information technology, and support services needed for students, faculty, and external professionals to interact with information and one another. Many areas of Stockwell Library will be reconfigured with interactive space and multimedia communications that reflect today’s trend toward team projects and collaborative work. In addition to building a 21st-century library and learning commons, the completed project will include the John S. Ludington Career and Internship Center, a state-of-the-art, technology-enhanced center designed to integrate liberal arts education with hands-on professional learning experiences and services.