The Seegers Union expansion will consist of an additional 42,000 square feet for classrooms and will provide necessary space for career and professional development programs and advising. The three-story addition will provide a home for the College’s Career Center, which has, over the last five years, been at the center of a number of initiatives that support student and alumni outcomes. Experiential programs like Career Road Trips help to introduce students to alumni-connected organizations in diverse career fields such as media, finance, sciences and the arts; expanded networking opportunities like Alumni Week connect students with alumni who studied the same majors through classroom visits; and the Career Center has greatly increased community resources through systems like Handshake, which brought an increase in the number and scope of available job and internship postings. The new space in Seegers will allow the Career Center to provide more robust programs and ongoing assistance for alumni to help them through career transitions at any stage in life.
In addition, the Seegers Union expansion will feature dedicated offices for preprofessional advising, seminar and conference rooms, an event area with seating for several hundred guests and an alumni lounge. Seegers Union has long served as a hub of campus activity, and the debut of additional community spaces and flexible classroom spaces will continue to facilitate academic, professional and social partnerships between students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College. The expansion’s location, adjacent to Chew Street, will serve as a prominent “front door” to campus.
In recognition of the gift, the College will dedicate and name the Seegers Union expansion and the new south campus building in honor of the donor’s commitment and generosity. The College will continue fundraising for both projects in order to fully support its vision for the spaces.
“This gift is truly transformative and provides a strong statement about the enduring power of Muhlenberg’s residential liberal arts education,” says President Kathleen Harring. “Through their vision and generosity, our alumnus and his spouse have shown that our campus, buildings and spaces are inherently linked to a strong student experience and our College mission. We are grateful for the leadership example and the legacy that this gift will provide Muhlenberg.”
“Of course a $7.5 million gift has a significant financial impact on the College, but the timing of this extraordinary support, in the midst of some of the most challenging times ever faced by higher education, may be even more important,” says Richard C. Crist Jr. ’77 P’05 P’09, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “This gift has provided our community additional confidence in the value Muhlenberg provides, both today and well into the future.”