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Grant from Prudential Foundation Supports
Margery Somers Foster Center

A new $1 million grant pledged from the Prudential Foundation to "The Rutgers Campaign: Creating the Future Today" will support several initiatives at the university. The company's gift has three components - an unrestricted contribution to the campaign, funding for a business ethics center at the Rutgers Business School and a grant to the Margery Somers Foster Center in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library at Douglass College.

"Prudential Financial has long been an outstanding friend of the university, and this grant represents a continuation of a partnership that has helped foster and sustain many programs at Rutgers," said Rutgers President Francis L. Lawrence. "Our community is honored by Prudential's support and its recognition of the importance of the Rutgers Campaign to the vitality of higher education in Prudential's home state."

"We are pleased to be able to join in support of the Rutgers Campaign," said Gabriella Morris, President of The Prudential Foundation and vice president of Community Resources. "The university plays a critical role in advancing the quality of life in New Jersey. Rutgers is particularly active in areas that are of great interest to The Prudential Foundation, including professional development for teachers and workforce issues."

A portion of the Prudential Foundation's $1 million gift will be used to equip the Reading Room of the Margery Somers Foster Center. A collaboration between Douglass College and the Rutgers University Libraries, the Margery Somers Foster Center provides those working in the fields of women's and gender studies a scholarly resource center dedicated to acquiring, creating, preserving and promoting world-class research and scholarship. A grant of $100,000 will allow for construction of hard-wired technology systems and associated work spaces to provide students with to access primary materials, databases, and archives that are currently only available to researchers. The center is named in honor of a former dean of Douglass College and first female member of Prudential's corporate board of directors.

The Rutgers University Libraries are grateful to the Prudential Foundation for their generous support.

Posted February 18, 2002