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Announcement of largest gifts to Barnard receives widespread attention

The news of a record-breaking combined gift of $70 million–the largest gift in Barnard’s history–to support the College’s future teaching and learning center was covered by a range of media outlets, from print to online and television.The gifts were given by three prominent New York families—$25 million from Cheryl Glicker Milstein and Philip Milstein; $25 million from The Tow Foundation on behalf of Leonard Tow and daughter Emily Tow Jackson; and $20 million from Diana T. Vagelos and P. Roy Vagelos—each of whom have supported the College for three decades.The Wall Street Journal included a feature article about the gift in its ‘Donor of the Day’ column, noting that the new center will include “a library more than double the size of the current one, faculty office space, expanded conference areas, a café and a computational-science center.” Read the full article (subscription required). Read additional coverage in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Stamford Advocate, and the Columbia Daily Spectator. The news was also covered on local television station WABC 7 New York.Learn more about plans for the teaching and learning center, which is scheduled to open in August 2018.Also, read about the brand-new LeFrak Center in Barnard Hall, which houses the library as well as faculty offices and classroom space while the teaching and learning center is under construction.

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