Oct 12, 2007

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation Provides Generous Gift to The U for Construction of Muenster University Center

VERMILLION, S.D. -- During the USD Foundation’s annual meeting Friday, James W. Abbott, president of The University of South Dakota, announced the identity of the anonymous donor who has contributed $5 million to the building that will replace the Coyote Student Center on the USD campus.
The $5 million gift from J.B. and M.K. Pritzker ensures that the new facility, which will be called the Theodore R. and Karen K. Muenster University Center, will be a state-of-the-art gathering place for the USD community. Officials from USD along with the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation will be honored during a formal ceremony at a later date on The U’s campus. “Thanks to the generosity of the Pritzker Family Foundation along with donations from our alumni and supporters, the Theodore R. and Karen K. Muenster University Center will be a focal point on our campus,” noted Abbott. “The entire USD community appreciates the gifts that have made this possible and we look forward to the completion of our new university center.” 

The university center is named in honor of Theodore (Ted) Muenster, who has served The University of South Dakota in a variety of capacities for more than four decades, including president of the USD Foundation for the past nine years, and his wife, Karen. The 70,000 square foot facility designed by Charles Rose Architects, Inc., will have a number of exciting features and amenities, including a Multi-Cultural Center, conference-style facilities, an outdoor entertainment area, a second floor outdoor terrace for informal gatherings and small social events, an outdoor dining terrace on the main floor, enhanced food service and a ballroom that will seat up to 500 people as well as a conference room and office for the Student Government Association. Total cost is estimated at more than $19 million raised through private donations and student fees.

Additional information about the new university center – as well as construction updates – can be found at www.usd.edu/csc/construction.cfm.

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