University receives $2M gift

February 9, 2012—A $2 million gift from longtime University of Redlands supporters Rich and Virginia "Ginnie" Hunsaker will provide for a comprehensive renovation of the student services buildings named in their honor. Rich has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the University for 28 years while Ginnie has been a member for nine years. Rich has also served as Chairman on the Board for 15 years.

The renovation of the Food Services and Student Services Buildings in the Hunsaker University Plaza represents the first such comprehensive upgrade of the interior spaces of the student services complex since its completion in the mid-1990s. Renovations include an overhaul of the Irvine Commons, Plaza Café and University Club, and creation of new outdoor gathering spaces, as well as expansion of student amenities on the lobby level of Hunsaker Center.

“Once again we’re humbled by the generosity of the Hunsakers and are extremely proud to have their support," said James Appleton, president of the University of Redlands. "They have been longtime supporters, with their giving reflected in many important ways, since their first contribution was made shortly after their graduating in 1952."

According to University Executive Vice President Phil Doolittle, the improvements to the Hunsaker University Center serve to support values embraced by the University such as enhanced community, variety, satisfaction, value, equity and sustainability. "We are grateful to our business partners and generous donors for their financial support of this important initiative,” Doolittle said.

The renovations will begin in late spring. They are expected to create a more sustainable and less wasteful food service delivery model at the University, and provide better meal options for students. The construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2012.

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