The Generosity of the MCC Community

Posted by on 09.21.17 in Community, Construction Projects, Students, Thank You, Vision

Muskegon Community College’s Downtown Center will be known as the Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center after the local couple donated a record $1.5 million gift to the College to name the facility. The announcement was made at the MCC Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

“I am doing this for the love of Muskegon and the love of Muskegon Community College,” explained Peter Sturrus, who was the longtime president of Shape Corp. in Grand Haven, MI, and once took classes at MCC while beginning his career as a tool-and-die maker. His classes transferred to Aquinas College, where he received his business degree.

“The main reason I did this was to honor my wife, Carolyn Iversen Sturrus,” he continued. “She served as Assistant to the President of MCC for over 30 years, beginning right out of high school.”

Carolyn began working at MCC, then known as Muskegon Junior College, in 1951. During her career, she assisted seven different MCC directors/presidents – Allen Umbreit, William Dwyer, James Snyder, Ralph Austermiller, Charles Greene, Robert Keeson (interim) and John Thompson – before her retirement in 1986.

Acknowledging Carolyn’s indefatigable commitment to the college, Peter Sturrus noted that she was instrumental in establishing the MCC Alumni Association, Reflections magazine, and the Foundation for Muskegon Community College. She retained an active role well into retirement.

The Sturrus’ donation represents the largest – by more than a million dollars – individual gift to MCC.

On a personal note, It is extremely gratifying that Peter and Carolyn I. Sturrus believed in Muskegon Community College enough to support the institution at this level.  The gift will transform the way we serve our students, build our community, and improve the lives of those close to the College. I want to offer particular thanks to MCC Foundation Chair and MCC Board Vice Chair Diana Osborn for her stewardship of the donor process and her longtime personal relationship with the Sturrus family.

Situated in Muskegon’s historic downtown, the $14.2 million Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center opened during August 2017 with some programs operating, and will be fully open in January 2018. The 85,000-square-foot center houses MCC’s applied technology programs in Robotics, 3D Fabrication, CAD/CNC, electronics/automation, welding, machining, materials testing, foundry, engineering, and alternative energy.

Please help me thank Mr. and Mrs. Sturrus for their wonderful gift.  For more, please visit the MCC website here.

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