UAS pavilion meets its fund-raising goal

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2002

A campaign to raise funds for an open-air pavilion at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau finished successfully this month.

Construction on the Noyes Pavilion should start this fall and be finished by March 2003, UAS Chancellor John Pugh said.

"Site work will start this summer in conjunction with the building of a parking lot required with the new classroom building," he said.

A $525,000 fund-raising goal for the project was reached May 12 at a celebration to thank volunteers and donors, according to UAS. The pavilion is the first privately funded capital project on the Juneau campus, Pugh said.

"We're excited about the contributions from the community," he said. "It's been a good campaign in the sense of having broad support."

The 2,800-square-foot pavilion will seat up to 300 people and will be built above the upper campus parking lot. It will be available for classes, drama, music and other presentations, Pugh said.

A $110,000 gift from the Noyes family launched the fund-raising campaign last July, and the pavilion will be named in honor of John and Lily Noyes. Alaska National Guard Adj. Gen. John Noyes was killed in a plane crash near Nome in 1956.

The Rasmuson Foundation contributed a $100,000 direct grant, along with $50,000 in matching funds. Other contributions came from students, staff, faculty and community members.

The largest corporate donors were Tesoro Alaska, Alaska Airlines and Key Bank. The campaign concluded with a $5,000 contribution from the Juneau Empire.

The pavilion will be open to campus and community between April and September. The chairpersons of the fund-raising campaign were Laraine Derr, Katie Corbus and Gordan Evans.

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