Saint Martin’s celebrates the naming of The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering

July 16, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON — Roy F. Heynderickx, president of Saint Martin’s University, announced today that Olympia residents Inge and Harold “Hal” Marcus have made a significant gift toward the school’s Engineering Initiative. In recognition of the their support and long-standing relationship with the University and Abbey, Saint Martin’s will name its School of Engineering in the Marcuses’ honor. An integral part of Saint Martin’s academic offerings, the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering will continue to grow with this new name and with the new engineering facility, Fr. Richard Cebula, O.S.B. Hall, slated for completion this fall.

“The naming honor is particularly fitting for the Marcuses, given their untiring dedication to both Saint Martin’s and the field of engineering,” says Heynderickx. “For more than two decades, Hal and Inge have demonstrated unwavering generosity, service and commitment to this institution. The name ‘Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering’ will provide enduring recognition of their many contributions to Saint Martin’s University and Abbey.”

In 2011, Saint Martin’s University launched its Engineering Initiative to build a “green,” state-of-the-art engineering building, a new lab facility and a program endowment. The new engineering building — an innovative teaching and learning space in the heart of campus — is being constructed with the goal of achieving LEED Platinum Certification. Inge currently serves on the steering committee for this ambitious initiative.

The Marcuses have a lengthy history of philanthropy and leadership with Saint Martin’s University. Hal was a member of the school’s board of trustees from 1987 to 2006, serving as chair from 1991 to 1993. During his service, Saint Martin’s navigated through facilities improvements, a campus expansion, the improvement of academic programs and the historic transition from college to university status. Saint Martin’s awarded Hal an honorary doctorate degree in 2000, and in 2007 bestowed on him the inaugural University Medal. Inge earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Martin’s in 1982, and after receiving her master’s degree from Chapman University, taught biology at Saint Martin’s for 17 years, the last three years as an assistant professor. Inge also served as a member of the University’s President’s Council. The Marcuses’ son Matthew and daughter-in-law Theresa are both Saint Martin’s graduates.

The longtime supporters also served as co-chairs of the University’s successful Building for Our Second Century Campaign, which raised $10.5 million to construct O’Grady Library. The campaign effort took Saint Martin’s $500,000 beyond the original goal, generating the largest sum of gifts ever raised for any non-profit project at that time in Thurston County.

The Marcuses also played an important role in the success of the University’s A Winning Spirit Campaign. In 2006, their generosity helped fund the construction of a modern, on-campus recreation and fitness center, track and field complex, and soccer field. In honor of their commitment to the campaign, Saint Martin’s renamed its Pacific Avenue landmark structure “The Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion.”

In addition to Saint Martin’s University, the Marcuses have contributed generously to other institutions, including Penn State, where Hal received his Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and, years later, the Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award. He earned his Master of Science in industrial engineering from University of Southern California. In 1995, Hal and Inge endowed an exchange program linking Penn State and Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. In 2012, Hal received an honorary doctorate degree from the Technion. The couple also received the President’s Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers in recognition of distinguished service to the industrial engineering profession.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Katie Wojke
Assistant Vice President
Office of Institutional Advancement
360-438-4485; kwojke@stmartin.edu