MU unveils million-dollar donor wall

Saturday, September 17, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:35 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Campus officials, alumni and friends of MU gathered just inside the north entrance of Jesse Hall Friday to witness the unveiling of a million dollar donor wall.

A large black curtain was lowered slowly from the ceiling, revealing in etched glass the names of 70 people and families and 14 companies that have donated at least $1 million during MU’s For All We Call Mizzou campaign. The designer of the cherry-wood and gold wall, Mahima Chowdhury, is an MU graduate student in architectural studies. Chowdhury created her design as part of a class project.

“My advisor, Dr. Saleh Uddin, gave our class this assignment,” Chowdhury said. “I didn’t know it was going to be such a big deal, but now I know it must be.”

MU Design and Construction Services put up the new wall in four weeks. Michael Kenney, supervisor of MU’s skill trades, said the donor wall is just the beginning of renovation in the Jesse foyer. A matching wall will be built on the opposite side, and a new glass archway and glass doors are also planned.

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