COLUMBIA — Barnes & Noble has given Columbia College an unrestricted gift of $150,000. The money will be used to help fund the new science building, which is scheduled to open in time for the fall 2013 semester.
Columbia College President Gerald Brouder and Cynthia Bader, district manager for Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, announced the gift Friday in the Atkins-Holman Student Commons. Several members of the college's board of trustees attended.
As an unrestricted gift, the money can be used for any need the school has, said Lindsay Lopez, the college's senior director of development. Brouder decided to put it toward the science building.
It is not likely that the donation will have any influence on the name of the building, said Brandi Herrman, associate director of public relations for Columbia College. This is partially because it was an unrestricted gift, not a direct donation toward the building.
Barnes & Noble has been Columbia College's exclusive bookseller since 1985. Brouder acknowledged the company for becoming a philanthropic partner, thanks to this gift.
Bader, while discussing Barnes & Noble's history and symbiotic relationship with the college, reiterated the company's mission: to give students the right book at the right price at the right time.
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