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Stevenson receives $2 million for new Owings Mills Campus Library

Posted at 12:36 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 12:36:40-05

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Stevenson University has received a $2 million gift, one of the largest in the university’s history, for its new Owings Mills campus library.

The gift came from the Phillip A. Zaffere Foundation. The new 55,000-square-foot library will be named in honor of the late Philip A. Zaffere, an entrepreneur, inventor, and food production engineer from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“We are very grateful for this extraordinary gift and the difference it will make in the lives of our students,” said Elliot Hirshman, President of Stevenson University. “Philip Zaffere’s life demonstrates so many of the characteristics that Stevenson works to develop in our students—determination, vision, and innovation. We are honored that our new library will bear his name.”

Stevenson will break ground and begin site development on the new Philip A. Zaffere Library this spring. In addition to library facilities, the complex will include a black box theater, a faculty commons with offices and a variety of gathering spaces for academic, social, and cultural functions.

The school says the building will enhance Stevenson’s student experience on the Owings Mills campus by expanding research, study, and social spaces as well as foster collaborations between academic departments.

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