Sisters Donate $6.3 Million for USU Recital Hall

Sisters Donate $6.3 Million for USU Recital Hall

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two sisters have donated $6.3 million toward construction of an $8.5 million recital hall at Utah State University.

The gift by Kathryn Caine Wanlass and Manon Caine Russell was praised by USU President Kermit Hall in his annual State of the University address Wednesday. Hall said the new building will add to the intellectual and cultural life of the campus.

Wanlass, Russell and their family have a long history with the school and have made many contributions to USU through the years. Both women have degrees from Stanford University, but they started their studies at USU, where Russell also earned a bachelor's degree in English.

"We want the recital hall to be a beautiful, vibrant place that will enrich educational life at Utah State," Russell said in a press release.

Gary Kiger, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, said the new building will help people know that the arts and music have a central place in the community.

The remaining $2.2 million for the hall also will come from private donations. Completion is expected by December 2005.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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