Gold shovels ahoy!

Yesterday, we passed the milestone with a classy ceremony commemorating the start of construction and honoring the name sake of the building: John Lo Schiavo, S.J.  Please visit this new site to learn more about the man and the naming of our new science center.

The Kalmanovitz Foundation’s $10 million gift to the center spearheaded the naming; Kalmanovitz board members Orsi and Giraudo relayed stories of Fr. Lo Schiavo, and Fr. Lo himself took to the podium last, describing the 150-yr span of USF sciences and what a truly enormous step this project will be for USF.

Left to Right: Fr. Privett, Bernie Orsi and Lou Giraudo of the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, Fr. Lo Schiavo, a bicycle, Chia Don, and our MC, Provost Jennifer Turpin.

Moments later, with the announcement.

I was very happy to stand and clap my hands to stay warm — the gray fog was out in force on the hilltop, begging USF to reconsider its 1930’s change of mascot. One reason I stood was an unexpectedly large crowd — easily 200+ gathered to cheer the start of construction.

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