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A Message from the President
Announcing The Riley Center for STEM Education
I am pleased to announce that the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur has named our Center for STEM Education in honor of the extraordinary generosity of the Riley family - Brian and Barbara (Barb) Phelan Riley '90 and their three daughters, Madison '19, Paige '21 and Hope '23. With the family's Campaign donation of $3.0 million (a record for Notre Dame), the Academy has been able to advance towards its fundraising goals for our Center for STEM Education. The 30,000 square foot, dynamic learning environment will provide Notre Dame's students and faculty with vibrant, innovative space for many years to come. The Academy is deeply grateful to the Riley family for this transformational gift, which has helped The Riley Center for STEM Education become a reality.
This exceptional commitment reflects Brian and Barb's personal investment in the future of the Academy and their desire to create an unsurpassed setting for Notre Dame's young women as they develop into leaders in all STEM fields. It is our hope that The Riley Center will propel Notre Dame forward and inspire others to join the Riley family in their support for Notre Dame's students and faculty. As Barb Phelan Riley '90 notes:
Brian and I feel very fortunate to be able to give back to a Notre Dame community that has given so much to us. Our family's legacy at Notre Dame began with my father, a 1945 graduate of Notre Dame back when it was coed and located on Rittenhouse Square. I have always had a wonderful experience as a student, coach and alumna of Notre Dame. As a Notre Dame parent, I've been able to give to our three daughters the same warm learning environment and community I remember from my time at the Academy.
Advances in science and technology have the potential to enhance the quality of life for people throughout the world. We are excited to know that our daughters, their classmates and future generations of students will contribute to these advances as they benefit from The Riley Center for STEM Education.
The Riley Center for STEM Education will include science laboratories for chemistry, biology, physics, and environmental science; lab prep rooms; a robotics classroom and mathematics classrooms. It will also feature areas of flexible and multipurpose space to facilitate collaboration and creative thinking and a centralized area for the faculty. Most importantly, the structure embraces the historic Rose Garden and reserves a special grotto for the Blessed Mother, in recognition of our shared Catholic Faith.
Please join me in thanking Barb and Brian for their remarkable contribution at this important time in the life of the Academy. Updates on the progress of The Riley Center for STEM Education continue to be available on the Academy's website and via our social media outreach. We encourage you to visit these resources as we look forward to announcing the opening of The Riley Center for STEM Education.
Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.