Fosters a 'community of science' at BV
In a snow white circus-style tent, amid an atmosphere of unabashed celebration, Estelle Siebens turned a golden spade, a single scoop of dark soil to symbolize a lifetime connection between her family and Buena Vista University.
On that unassuming spot, now the middle of a parking lot, will rise the most ambitious building in the university's history - the $26 million Science Center that will bear Mrs. Siebens' name.
In early 2000, an anonymous donor offered a $1 million grant to assist BVU in researching and planning toward a possible Science Center to replace the existing Estelle Siebens Science Center, now over 30 years old. In the middle of 2001, the same anonymous donor offered the school an "astounding" challenge, President Fred Moore said - a $13 million gift if BVU could manage to raise a matching $13 million, entirely from philanthropic sources, and break ground in 13 months.
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