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Feb. 14, 2012
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Goppert Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Baker University

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Goppert Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., has awarded a $100,000 grant to benefit Baker University’s Mulvane Transformation Project, the University announced on Tuesday.Goppert-Foundation-grant-2

Mulvane Hall, constructed in the 1920s, houses classrooms for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and information technology. The renovation to Mulvane and the 9,000-square-foot expansion to the east of the facility will provide new laboratory space, classrooms and student collaborative areas. The $10.3 million project is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of the 2012 fall semester. The current building, greenhouse and addition will be known as the Ivan Boyd Center for Collaborative Science.

“The Goppert Foundation is known for its commitment to help students succeed,” Baker President Pat Long said. “As we move closer to raising the necessary funds for this important project, the foundation’s latest gift to Baker University will have a direct impact on the quality of education our students will receive.”

The Goppert Foundation was established in 1959 by Clarence H. Goppert, a banker and philanthropist. The foundation awards grants in the areas of child and youth services, social and human services, the economically disadvantaged, education, hospitals and minorities. The foundation has a history of generously supporting Baker. It previously established the Goppert Foundation Endowed Scholarship, which provides unrestricted scholarship support for students, and contributed to the Liston Stadium Complex renovation.

Thomas Goppert, the foundation’s secretary and treasurer, is a former Baker student. His brother, Doug Goppert, is a 1977 Baker graduate who majored in business and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. They are the grandsons of Clarence Goppert.

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