Cornell alumna donates 20 million dollars for new science building

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cornell College announced Tuesday it will be constructing a new science building and also renovating a couple of of other buildings. This is possible because of the largest single cash gift donation in the school's history.

Cornell College plans to build a new science building and renovate other building in a 35 million dollar project.

Alumna Jean Russell gave 20 million dollars. Her gift will help build a four story science building that's more than 45,000 square feet.

It will also renovate the current West Science Center and Law Hall. The project will cost 35 million dollars and the school needs to still raise 3 million more dollars.

" We've had outstanding programs in the sciences, but inadequate facilities for many years. And we want to be a leading edge in the sciences, so we need a new science facility, renovations of our existing facilities," said Joe Dieker, Dean of Students.

The groundbreaking starts this spring, the building should open in 2019.