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New Academic Centre will enable enrolment growth in Brantford

Laurier Brantford

May 23/07

For Immediate Release May 22, 2007

Contact: Dr. Leo Groarke
Vice-president, Laurier Brantford Campus
(519) 756-8228 ext. 5702 or

or Sherri Bocchini
Associate Director, Development
(519) 756-8228 ext. 5748 or

BRANTFORD — Wilfrid Laurier University’s Board of Governors has approved plans for a new Academic Centre in Brantford, which will enable the campus to grow to 2,300 students.

The approximately $15-million building is scheduled to open in September 2009 on Dalhousie Street and will mark a significant addition to the Heritage Block at the core of the campus. A reception and announcement of a $2.4-million contribution from the City of Brantford towards the project will take place Wednesday, May 23 at 9 a.m. in the Carnegie Building lobby.

“The decision of the Laurier Board of Governors to proceed with the construction of the Academic Centre is key to the future growth of Laurier Brantford and will be the cornerstone of the campus, occupying a very significant location on the Heritage Block,” said Laurier president Dr. Robert Rosehart. “The City of Brantford continues to be our strongest partner and its most recent leadership contribution is an important investment that will allow us to offer better service to our growing number of students and be a significant catalyst for continuing efforts to revitalize the downtown core. The recently announced financial support from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and our expanding partnership with Nipissing University were important considerations in Laurier's decision to proceed with this significant investment in our Laurier Brantford Campus.”

The City of Brantford is pleased to continue its relationship with Laurier.

“Our community has succeeded in making Brantford a university city and the downtown core has seen significant positive changes as a result,” said Mayor Mike Hancock. “I believe we are making history; the impact socially and economically for our city makes this a wise investment now and for future generations.”

The Academic Centre will include two floors of academic space, including classrooms, lecture halls, tutorial rooms, and office space. There will also be approximately 60 new residence spaces to meet the demands of a growing first-year enrolment.

“The Academic Centre will allow us to expand programming on the campus,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, principal of the Brantford Campus. “We expect to add a number of programs to our well-established programs in criminology, journalism and leadership.”

The Academic Centre will also address other campus needs. Food services will be provided, giving students access to a traditional meal plan. As well, the Stedman Community Bookstore will include a full-service computer department, a print shop, a large general bookstore, student textbooks, university branded clothing and gifts, a convenience section and a welcoming gathering place for students and the community to socialize, study and relax.

The bookstore was named after the Stedman family in recognition of a $500,000 gift from Mary Stedman and the estate of Ruth Stedman. Other contributions to date include:

• Province of Ontario: $1 million
• Procter and Gamble: $250,000
• Paul Williamson and the Williamson Group: $100,000
• Gabriel Kirchberger and GK York: $100,000
• Roger Davis and Davis Fuels: $50,000
• Peter Vicano and Vicano Construction: $50,000

Laurier and the City of Brantford will continue to seek additional donations for the Academic Centre.

Laurier Brantford opened in 1999 with 39 students; enrolment for 2007-08 will be approximately 2,050 students. With a core curriculum of Contemporary Studies, students are exposed to diverse perspectives and graduate with an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree that helps them form a unique and well-rounded worldview.

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