For Others Forever Campaign Reaches Goal; Villiger Hall Renovation Project Underway
The Innovation Center will enable faculty and students to work together on hands-on projects that cross disciplines-- creating deeper learning experiences and encouraging interests in fields such as physics, engineering, math, graphic design, robotics, and art. The space will strategically adjoin the Creative Workshop in the backstage area of the Theatre to better facilitate technical production.
Virtual Reality Rooms will enhance the education of our students, giving faculty the chance to offer expanded learning opportunities. For example, an English teacher can bring students to hear Shakespeare from the Globe Theatre. Science teachers can simulate experiments in ways they could not in real-life lab situations. Modern Language teachers can bring students to see the countries of the language they are learning and Classics teachers can transport students to ancient Rome and Athens. It will also house our new e-sports team and dedicated space for our Robotics Team.
In addition to the Howley Learning Commons and the new Theatre, the transformation continues with the J. Anthony Hayden ’62 Hall of Excellence where the Prep will celebrate alumni, teachers, and others who have made an impact in our world. The Hall of Excellence will honor those who excelled in various fields of human endeavor and in many walks of life, people who always committed to Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God (Athletics, Mission, Distinction, and Generational Impact).
PHASE 2 of For Others Forever
With the $10 million increase in the For Others Forever Campaign, the Prep plans to continue to increase its endowment and to update the classrooms on the first and second floors of Villiger Hall. The project will provide state-of-the-art technology, updated instructional equipment, and improvements to the general learning environment to maximize the educational experience for students and faculty. In addition, the Admissions Office will be transformed into a Welcome Center for our prospective students and families.
“Our students, faculty, and staff need facilities that match the incredible work being done by them inside of these walls,” Marinacci says. “The next phase of the For Others Forever Campaign will complete the physical transformation of the interior of Villiger Hall to help achieve that.”
Phase Two will reimagine 21 classrooms and all additional office areas on the first and second floors to complete the work begun with the Maguire Science Wing in 2010.
“The For Others Forever Campaign directly impacts the education of our young men,” Marinacci says. “It is vital for the Prep to continue its mission of forming people of competence, conscience, and compassion for decades to come.”
Marinacci went on to acknowledge the entire Prep community for their incredible generosity during the For Others Forever Campaign and all fundraising efforts. “While this Campaign has been a huge milestone for the Prep, I’d like to thank all alumni, parents, and friends who continue to support the community through The Prep Fund, EITC, and direct contributions to student programs and activities through their annual support. Your generosity impacts our students.”