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April 25, 2006
Contact: Robert Page, Office of Multicultural Affairs, (785) 864-4351.

KU to break ground on $2.7 million Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center

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The above artist's rendering by Gould Evans shows
the future Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center.
The Kansas Union is shown to the left of the building.

LAWRENCE — Ground will be broken, symbolizing the start of construction, for the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the University of Kansas. The groundbreaking will be at the future site of the building, just north of the Kansas Union on Jayhawk Boulevard.

“The groundbreaking for the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center will mark more than 10 years of service to the KU community with a renewed spirit and building,” said Robert N. Page Jr., director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “This center will provide students with programs and services that foster and promote an inclusive environment for all students.”

Currently located in a renovated military annex building near Summerfield Hall, the Multicultural Resource Center was created in 1995 with a mandate to promote an educational environment that recognizes and celebrates the diverse composition of the KU community. Students come to the center to attend programs, to study and to access tutors and other academic resources.

The groundbreaking ceremony will feature a history of the project presented by Page and remarks by Chancellor Robert Hemenway. Ground will be broken by Hemenway, Page, Frank Sabatini, Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success; Santos Nuñez, program director of the Multicultural Resource Center; David Mucci, director of KU Memorial Unions; Catherine Bell, KU School of Law student; Blake Shuart, a 2004 KU graduate from Shawnee; and Lase Ajayi, a student at the KU Medical Center. A reception will follow in the Hawks Nest in the Kansas Union.

The 7,000-square foot facility will be built on the north side of the Kansas Union with a separate front entrance on Jayhawk Boulevard. The center will feature updated technology, more programming space for student organizations and more academic resources.

The $2.7 million facility, which has long been sought by student leaders, was made possible by a donation from the Sabatini family, which includes Frank C. Sabatini, who graduated from KU with a degree in business in 1955 and law in 1957. A former state representative and member of the Kansas Board of Regents, he is chairman emeritus of Capital City Bank in Topeka, where he lives with his wife, Judith Sabatini. The four sons in the Sabatini family are Marc; Matt; Michael, who graduated from KU with an architecture degree in 1982; and Dan, a 1986 KU architecture grad.

For more information on the groundbreaking or the new facility, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (785) 864-4351.

Students participating in the groundbreaking ceremony are listed below by hometown.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Toluwalase “Lase” Ajayi, first year medical student, daughter of Omofolabo and Akinwumi Ajayi. Ajayi earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from KU in 2004 and is a graduate of Lawrence Free State High School.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Coffeyville
Catherine R. Bell, second year law student, daughter of Melvin and Marsha Bell. Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from KU in 2004 and is a graduate of Field Kindley Memorial High School.

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