Xavier alumni will soon have a place to call their own. This summer, the University began remodeling a portion of the Alumni Center to create a reception and banquet facility for visiting graduates and dignitaries. The area’s creation came as a result of a gift from 1968 graduate Phil Gasiewicz and his wife, 1974 graduate Mary-Beth (Surkamp) Gasiewicz.
Plans include a lobby and welcome area, a conference room, bar and banquet hall that seats 200 people. The banquet hall is outfitted with the latest technology for use in seminars, workshops, meetings and informal business events, as well as alumni gatherings.
“Phil’s vision is to make a positive impact upon the University,” says Fred Sansone, director for planned giving for the Eastern region. “His donation represents a very structured and well-thought-out planned gift that will help with all alumni who come through.”
The idea of a central gathering place for Xavier alumni has been a long-term goal, says Joe Ventura, executive director for the national alumni association. “This has been in talks for many years and now, finally, it’s like a dream come true,” he says.
The Gasiewicz family also set up a scholarship and donated funds for the Brueggeman center for dialogue.