Sutter Match for Library Achieved Thanks to Local Funding
Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has received a grant of $172,000 from The Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation to meet the Sutter Health matching grant that will go to the John Graziano Memorial Library expansion project. Sutter Health has offered to match all gifts, dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 if received by December 31, 2009. The Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation is a nonprofit group that provides financial assistance for healthcare and education, principally in the East Bay Area of California.
"We are grateful to the SMU community for rallying together to meet this challenge. The Library is an important resource for our students, faculty and students and is a highly valued community resource," says Sue Valencia, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs.
Twenty-five years ago, when the Library was built, it accommodated 400 students and 300 medical staff members as well as the East Bay community. Today the Library struggles to house over 1,400 students with a projection of 1,600 students by 2012. We expect to begin the preliminary construction phases (final drawings, permits, etc.) in early 2010.
John A. Graziano Memorial Library Video
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