An anonymous benefactor has donated $500,000 toward the renovation and re-purposing of the Mount Aloysius College’s former gymnasium – the Health and Fitness Center.

In a press release, Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that, other than a grant from the state, this anonymous gift is the largest in the college’s current capital campaign.

“The donor has directed us to memorialize the work of Sister Virginia “Ginny” Bertschi, RSM, who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with then-college President Sister Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, as her administrative senior vice president,” Foley said. “Together with the college’s board, they engineered the formulation and execution of a transformational ‘campus master plan.’ The recent completion of the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center marks the culmination of that plan.”

It is the wish of the donor to memorialize her contributions to the college and to the community by naming the former gym, The Sister Virginia Bertschi Center.

The Sister Virginia Bertschi Center occupies central space within the 193-acre campus.

Plans for repurposing the multi-purpose facility call for student-centered spaces where commuter and residential students can relax, socialize, study, conduct meetings and enjoy games.

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