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Mathile Center Groundbreaking Scheduled

Nov 6, 2007

Ohio Northern University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences adjacent to the Meyer Hall of Science on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m.

This new student-centered academic research and learning facility will blend trademark hands-on teaching excellence with advanced technology in a functional modern environment. The building will include 21 classrooms, five seminars/conference rooms, 21 laboratories, 34 offices and four storage spaces. The 95,145-square-foot structure will connect the Meyer Hall of Science with the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy building.

The Mathile Center is named for Drs. Clayton and Mary Ann Mathile, who initiated the campaign to construct the center by pledging $5 million, plus an additional $5 million in matching funds.

Clayton Mathile graduated from ONU in 1962 with a business administration degree. After seven years with the Campbell Soup Company, he joined The Iams Company in 1970 The Mathiles became sole owners of Iams in 1982 and sold the company to Proctor and Gamble in 1999.

Following the sale, the Mathile Family Foundation's grantmaking increased significantly. Mathile and his wife Mary Ann established the Foundation in 1998 as a vehicle for sharing the many blessings of their business success. The Foundation strives to foster hope, inspire change and impact children in need. Mary is the Foundation's CEO, board chair, and treasurer; Clayton and all five of their children are represented on the board of trustees.

The Mathiles will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony, and remarks will be made by ONU President Kendall L. Baker, Ph.D.; Robert Manzer, ONU dean of Arts and Sciences; Terry Keiser, ONU chairman of the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences; and Stephen Jacquemin, an ONU senior environmental studies major from Delaware, Ohio.

2007-10-29 15:51:35 -0400 

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