Recent visitors to the Spalding University campus may likely have noticed the rumble of construction equipment and the clanging of hammers along with other sights and sounds indicating progress.
The latest round of renovations and improvements will create a broad expanse of green space on Breckinridge between 3rd and 4th streets. The repurposed space will create Mother Catherine Square – or as President Tori Murden McClure has affectionately been referring to it, “MC2”. The square’s name is a link to Spalding’s historical tie to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and their mission of education and service.
“During the last couple of years, we have enhanced our physical space to make Spalding a more vibrant campus community,” says McClure. “The creation of a traditional “quad” will be a welcome addition of an open, yet landscaped space to the campus.”
In terms of indoor facilities, the Golden Eagles athletic program (Spalding was officially affirmed as a NCAA Division III institution earlier this year) continues progress towards a one million dollar capital campaign. The campaign will provide resources for renovations to the University Center Building (824 South 4th Street), including locker rooms, training facilities, a student lounge, study space and concessions.
Finally, Spalding is refurbishing the newly acquired 40,000-square foot Cosmopolitan Building on the corner of 3rd and Kentucky streets to increase much-needed classroom and instructional space. “With fall enrollment expected to approach 2,600 students, we are working diligently to expand SMART classroom space and other amenities for our students,” says Chris Hart, Dean of Enrollment Management. “We encourage all alumni and visitors alike to come see first-hand the exciting things happening on campus.”