Neumann University has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation to support the construction of St. John Neumann Circle, the new pedestrian hub of the Aston campus.
St. John Neumann Circle is a major component of the University’s Grow to Inspire Campaign, an initiative that has reshaped the 68-acre campus and connected the academic, social, residential and athletic sections of the grounds. The Circle is the new gateway to the University, providing a broad, open space for visitors and students alike as they walk to classes, sporting events or concerts.
The Neumann Circle overtly reflects the University’s commitment and promise to the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia and to their values and legacy; when completed, it will symbolize Neumann’s commitment to its Catholic identity and to the saint whose name it bears … St. John Neumann. According to Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, president of the University, “The Circle will serve as a beacon of hope through education and will offer a welcoming spot: a center to gather; an open space for reflection, conversation and prayer; a classroom amidst nature; and a sacred space to learn about our founding and history.”
The Circle, already open to pedestrian traffic, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010. The other main component of the campaign, the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, opened on October 17.
“Grow to Inspire is our most important initiative to date,” explains Dr. Mirenda, “because it creates a fully integrated campus environment that supports our educational mission – inspiring young men and woman to value learning, faith and service to others. This generous gift from the Connelly Foundation will allow us to help our students grow and find inspiration.”
The Connelly Foundation seeks to foster learning and to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Foundation supports local non-profit organizations in the fields of education, health and human services, arts and culture and civic enterprise.
Inspired by the spirit of its founders, John and Josephine Connelly, the Foundation assists members of the community attain more fulfilling and productive lives by providing incentives to learn, encouragement to achieve, and reasons to hope