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NDNU Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Complete Classroom Upgrades

Belmont, CA, December 11, 2008 — Notre Dame de Namur University has received a $1.5 million grant from the Kalmanovitz Foundation of California in support of a $1.7 million project to renovate one of the University’s maininstructional buildings.

The project calls for renovation of classrooms, science labs, and other facilities in St. Mary’s Hall as well as improving accessibility to the building which was erected in 1952. St. Mary’s primarily serves as classroom and laboratory facility for students. All of NDNU’s science laboratories are located in St Mary’s.

The grant will be used to fund upgrades to the biology and biochemistry laboratories, computer labs, and other similar projects. Earlier this year, the University received a $400,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation of Los Angeles, CA, as well as a $150,000 grant from the Bill Hannon Foundation of Los Angeles, CA to help renovate St. Mary’s.

“The Kalmanovitz Foundation’s generous grant will allow us to finally complete our much-needed renovation of St. Mary’s,” said NDNU Acting President Judi Greig. “We’ll be able to install state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for our students, especially those pursuing careers in biological science. We are extremely appreciative of the foundation’s support.”

Paul Kalmanovitz is perhaps best known as a real estate and brewing company magnate who acquired his fortune after immigrating to the United States in the 1920s. He met and married wife Lydia, also an immigrant, in New York City. The two moved to California in 1935 where they purchased their first real estate and business venture, a service station; Lydia was said to have pumped gas. Through savvy business dealings, the couple went on to acquire Pabst Brewing Company, and Falstaff Brewing Corporation among others. Throughout their lifetime, Paul and Lydia made generous donations to colleges, hospitals, and universities. The Kalmanovitz Trust was established after Paul’s death in 1987. Lydia passed away in 1994 and the Kalmanovitz Foundation was later established.