Bates receives $1-million Libra grant

The Maine-based Libra Foundation founded by Elizabeth Noyce has awarded Bates College a $1-million grant to support the construction of the college’s new $18- million academic building, scheduled for completion in the summer of 1999.

“It is a particular honor to receive a grant from the Libra Foundation, which has such strong ties to Maine,” said Bates President Donald W. Harward. “The foundation’s recognition of Bates’ educational efforts and contributions is deeply appreciated,” Harward said.

A five-level structure of 91,000 square feet, the new academic building will provide teaching spaces, faculty offices, laboratories and other facilities required by 11 departments and interdisciplinary programs. The building will link programs and departments now physically dispersed and inadequately housed on the outskirts of campus, promoting a new level of faculty and student interaction.

Maine philanthropist Elizabeth Noyce established The Libra Foundation in 1989 as an independent foundation in charitable giving. Before her death in 1996 at the age of 65, Noyce bestowed millions of dollars on Maine universities, hospitals and museums.

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