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Barbara Laskin

Groundbreaking May 16th for Macalester Building Seeking LEED Certification
Daytons and Davises commit $4 million


Rendering of the new IGC building.
Groundbreaking is Friday, May 16.

St. Paul, Minn. - May 9, 2008 - Groundbreaking for the new environmentally sustainable Macalester College Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC) building is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., Friday, May 16, 2008, on the northwest corner of Grand and Snelling Avenues.

Philanthropists Ruth Stricker Dayton ’57 and her husband Bruce B. Dayton and Shelby and Gale Davis have committed a total of $4 million toward the construction.

The Daytons’ $3 million commitment is the lead gift for the IGC.  “Macalester has a long tradition of attracting and educating students of extraordinary talent and character, “ said the Daytons.  “Tomorrow’s leaders are being forged at Macalester today, and the Institute for Global Citizenship will play a crucial role in preparing them to embrace their futures.” 

Shelby and Gale Davis committed $1 million toward a challenge grant that will match gifts made toward the construction of the IGC building at a 50 percent rate. This commitment is in addition to the $13.5 million Davis gift announced in March that will be used for need-based scholarships for United World College Scholars. Davis is founder of Davis Advisors, L.P., a mutual fund and money management firm.

So far, $6.5 million has been raised toward the $7.5 million goal for the IGC building.  The IGC is being constructed without assuming debt.

The IGC will build upon Macalester's tradition of preparing graduates who are true global citizens.  It will also strengthen Macalester’s ties to local business, education and non-profit communities.

“From their founding, American liberal arts colleges have recognized that education should be, among other things, preparation for responsible citizenship in local, national, and international communities,” said Macalester President Brian Rosenberg. “Macalester’s creation of the Institute for Global Citizenship signals our recognition that as the nature of those communities evolves, so too must the nature of the education we provide to the women and men who will assume positions of leadership.”

The IGC Global Advisory Board members include distinguished diplomats, businessmen, scholars and policy makers: Kofi A. Annan ‘61, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Lloyd Axworthy, president, the University of Winnipeg; Julian Bond, chairman, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Harry C. Boyte, director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Lord Daniel Brennan, QC, chair, the Caux International Roundtable; Arne Carlson, former governor of Minnesota; John Cowles, Jr., retired CEO of Cowles Media; Francis M. Deng, director, the Center for Displacement Studies, John Hopkins University; Philip O. Geier, executive director, Davis United World College Scholars Program; George Latimer, former mayor of St. Paul; Thomas Lovejoy, president, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; Walter F. Mondale ‘50, former vice president of the United States; Carleen Rhodes, president, the St. Paul Foundation and Eugene Sit, founder of Sit Investment Associates (SIA).

Macalester is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification for the IGC building, designed to meet the highest level possible for sustainability.

The IGC would be Macalester's first building to receive LEED Platinum certification, which would be awarded after the building has opened.  The designation would make the IGC’s new home one of the first Platinum buildings on a college campus in Minnesota and one of only a handful of Platinum buildings on a college or university campus in the United States.

The college and its architects have been guided by the LEED rating system, a nationally recognized system devised by the U.S. Green Building Council. The system scores buildings on 69 criteria including, for example, use of recycled and regional materials, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, environmentally friendly adhesives and sealants, tight insulation and maximum use of daylight.

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The innovative programs housed within the IGC are designed to reflect and respond to the realities of a changing world.  By locating these areas in one centralized location, the IGC will enhance collaboration and interaction in service to Macalester's distinctive spirit of civic and international engagement:

The International Center prepares students to become global leaders;
The Internship Program (housed in Kagin Commons next door but part of the IGC) provides hundreds of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in fields of interest, both locally and across the U.S. and the world; and
The Civic Engagement Center offers opportunities for students to engage and partner with the community in a variety of ways, including curricular and co-curricular programming and institutional relationships with local organizations. The CEC will also feature three unique civic leadership programs:
Leaders in Service enables students to serve as campus Issue Area or Program Coordinators;
Off-Campus Student Employment Program allows students to earn their work-study award with a local organization; and
Lives of Commitment is for first-year students supported by the Lilly Project for Vocation and Ethical Leadership.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,889 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.