Athletics and fitness facilities and programs to be enhanced; $1 million gift launches $15 million fundraising effort

Posted September 4th, 2008 at 10:20 am.

President Jane McAuliffe has announced a $1 million pledge from Ruth “Tulsa” Kaiser Nelson ’58 to inaugurate fundraising for “Smart Women, Strong Women,” a $15 million project to enhance athletics, fitness, and recreation facilities and programs.

“Tulsa’s deep and abiding love for Bryn Mawr shines through in this magnificent commitment. She wants the College to continue to be a leader in higher education, and this means we must continue to attract and retain the very best students. In today’s world, fitness and wellness are a way of life for the young women we want here, and we must have facilities and programs that are first rate. Smart women are strong women, and our students embrace that,” said McAuliffe.

Nelson, who served as chair of the recent Challenging Women Campaign, has generously supported Bryn Mawr’s top priorities over many years. In making this new commitment, she expressed her belief that modernization and expansion of the Bern Schwartz Gymnasium, including a planned bridge linking the facility to student-activities buildings on Cambrian Row and to Merion Green, will have important benefits for community life on campus.

“This project will link the two ends of campus, and provide both new social space and much improved sports facilities. It will clearly be a destination for students, faculty and staff alike. I am delighted to be able to move this project forward and hope others, who love Bryn Mawr as I do, will join in the effort,” Nelson said.

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