KENOSHA — Carthage College has received a $10 million gift from the Tarble Family Foundation of Los Angeles to be used toward the construction of a new east wing in the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.
This is the second-largest gift in the history of the college, 2001 Alford Park Drive. Jan Tarble, daughter of the late Newton E. and Louise A. “Pat” Tarble, presented it to Carthage College president Gregory Woodward earlier this month.
The 35,000-square-foot wing is part of a $43 million science center that is scheduled to open in fall 2015. Crews broke ground on the project in spring, according to a press release.
This latest gift brings the Tarble family’s total contribution to Carthage College to almost $40 million. The family also donated toward the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center, the Tarble Arena, and the Campbell Student Union.
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“Carthage College would not be what it is today without the generosity of many dedicated supporters, and chief among these wonderful friends are Jan Tarble and her parents, Newton and Pat,” Woodward said in a press release. “The contributions of the Tarble family have truly transformed our campus and institution.”
Newton and Pat Tarble became involved with Carthage College when Snap-on executives supported the college’s move to Kenosha from Illinois in the early 1960s. Mrs. Tarble’s $11 million gift for the TARC in 1998 remains the largest in school history, and one of the largest to any private college or university in Wisconsin.
In addition to the east wing, the science center project includes a major renovation of the 70,000-square-foot Straz Center. The work will increase classroom and lab space by 40 percent.
More information about the science center and its amenities is available on the Carthage College website at www.carthage.edu/spotlight/science-center.