The Community Center and Caf is a $3 million project that will become the heart of a new campus center. Students will be able to gather for learning opportunities, programs, meals, meetings and socializing.
This is one of the larger donations in the history of this institution, said Phillip Carter, executive director of communications for the University.
Carter said the caf, which is to be located on the northeast side of campus, will house student media services and a second-floor of meeting space for students, alumni, local, state and national groups. The caf is designed to be the center of future student activity and life on campus.
The donation shows the commitment of this individual to the university and its future, Carter said, referring to the donor, who wished to remain anonymous.
Fund raising for the caf has already made considerable achievements before this landmark donation. Carter said the university has raised $1.5 million of the projected $3 million needed to build the center. While they have reached the halfway point, Eaton noted they still have a lot of work ahead of them.
This is a landmark gift and is just another example of the shared support of Cumberland University, but theres much work to be done, Eaton said.
Carter said there is not a scheduled date for construction to begin on the caf at this time, but noted they are well on their way to obtaining the remaining funds necessary to break-ground on the project.
by Patrick Hall