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Shippensburg University graduates donate $500,000 for renovations to Stewart Hall

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Stewart Hall was built in 1894 and served as a main campus building for decades. Officials want to renovate the building and use it to house the alumni association.
Stewart Hall was built in 1894 and served as a main campus building for decades. Officials want to renovate the building and use it to house the alumni association. - (Photo / )

A pair of successful Shippensburg University graduates are donating $500,000 toward the renovation of historic Stewart Hall.

The donation was made by Dr. Gary and Mary Jo Grove, the national co-chairs of Charting the Course, Lighting the Way, the Campaign for Shippensburg University, a $45 million capital campaign that kicked off in 2012.

Overall funding stands at about $41 million, said Anne Detter, director of marketing and campaign coordinator for the Shippensburg Foundation, which is overseeing the effort. More needs are being identified, she added, and the campaign is being extended. 

Stewart Hall was built in 1894 and has served as a gymnasium, a dorm and a student recreation center. According to university officials, the plan is to make it the home of the Shippensburg University Alumni Association, which currently is off campus.

The estimated cost of the renovations is $1.5 million to $2 million, Detter said. “We are trying to raise as much as we can because it is a great historic building,” she added.

Additional renovations include work on the fourth floor of Old Main and upgrades to the athletic facilities. Detter said the majority of the capital campaign funds will be for scholarships.

The Groves both earned their undergraduate and graduate degrees from SU. Gary received his in 1968 and 1970 and Mary Jo earned hers in 1969 and 1970. Gary later received a doctorate from Penn State.

The couple founded cyberDERM Inc. in 1997. According to a news release from Shippensburg University, the firm focuses on computerized biomedical research instruments that allow changes in skin structure and function to be monitored non-invasively.

John Hilton

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