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University of Dallas in Irving gets 5.5 million for Campus Transformation Project

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The University of Dallas has announced $5.5 million in financial commitments from corporate, foundation and individual supporters for a $7 million campus transformation package. The revitalization effort includes renovation of the J.M. Haggar University Center, as well as construction of a series of five new campus entrances, a scenic walkway and entry plazas to connect the heart of the University with DART’s (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) soon-to-open University of Dallas light rail station and upgrades to eight other existing facilities.

“The University is extremely encouraged to see such overwhelming support from both longtime and new donors alike,” said University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe. “We greatly appreciate their generous financial commitments, which will help sustain our ongoing transformation efforts. With the opening of the University of Dallas DART station, as well as enhancements to Highway 114, Loop 12 and other surrounding thoroughfares, the University’s 750-acre campus will be much more accessible.”

Among the most recent significant donors is The Constantin Foundation, a Dallas-based non-profit organization that awards grants in the areas of education, community affairs, health and social services, which has committed $1 million to the project.

“Through this commitment, The Constantin Foundation continues Mr. Constantin’s vision of creating a strong, vibrant university,” said Angie Burch, executive director of The Constantin Foundation. “We are deeply committed to higher education and, in particular, the University of Dallas.”

Eugene and Ruth Constantin established The Constantin Foundation in 1947 for the purpose of charitable benefit to the people of Dallas County. The Foundation supports improving the quality of life through contributions to civic, cultural, educational and medical charities, primarily in Dallas County. Both the Constantin family and The Foundation have been long-time supporters of the University of Dallas, most notably for endowing the Constantin College of Liberal Arts in the late 1960s and helping make possible a permanent home for the University’s Rome Program in Italy.

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