News release from St. Thomas University:
St. Thomas University School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management Receives $450,000 Grant for New Lecture Hall
August 6, 2007 – In a private ceremony held Thursday, August 2, representatives from the North Dade Medical Foundation presented St. Thomas University with a donation of $450,000 to name a lecture hall in the University’s new Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building, currently under construction.
The grant was proposed by North Dade Medical Foundation board member Cesar J. Sastre, M.D., as a way for the Foundation to further its goal of improving the lives of North Dade residents.
“I have held St. Thomas University in very high regard since I first came to the campus in 1985 to enroll my son as an undergraduate student,” said Dr. Sastre. “Since that time, I have been impressed by the University’s continual improvements and steady growth. This gift will not only help the students but will be a reflection of the North Dade Medical Foundation and a constant reminder that there is a group of physicians who care for this community’s education.”
The hall, which will be known as the North Dade Medical Foundation Lecture Hall, will provide students and state of the art facility and ensure that the Foundation’s name will live on in perpetuity.
Presented by members of North Dade Medical Foundation board including, Dr. George Daviglus, Dr. Sastre, Dr. John Kathe, Prospero Herrera, Dr. Chester Morris, Dr. Ira Jacobson and Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sandra Giblin., the grant is a continuation of the Foundation’s support for St. Thomas University and the new School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management. Previous donations include a $1.5 million grant for nursing scholarships.