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LC to Receive $50 Million

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PINEVILLE, La. - Since Louisiana College opened 106 years ago, the campus has seen many changes. And now, it will see even more as the college embarks on a $50million capital campaign for renovations.

Leah Marshall has lived and worked in Cottingham Hall for all four years she's attended Louisiana College.

"It's really fun just to hang out with your friends in here, in a nice, unique building with lots of old architecture, which is beautiful," Marshall says. "It's been great to live like kind of a family in the dorm."

And now, this unique and beautiful old building Marshall loves so much is about to get a facelift, thanks to a $50 million capital campaign the college is starting.

"We can make some changes and improvements to go along with how we live," says Marshall.

Dr. Joe Aguillard, the president of LC, had to get the okay from the Louisiana Baptist Convention to go ahead with this campaign. He says, their approval was overwhelming.

"Chilling," he says. "It was one of those goosebump moments to see that kind of support."

The LBC is made up of 1500 churches around the state--1500 churches that have now pledged to provide the $50 million to LC over the next five years. But Dr. Aguillard says, first thing's first.

"The number one assessed need on campus is student residence life," says Dr. Aguillard. "Twelve million dollars to fully upgrade--make like new--our dormitories, some of which are 71 years old, and still structurally great. Those will be completely retrofitted."

Planned changes include updating the heating and cooling system, renovating the bathrooms, remodeling dorm rooms themselves, and even putting new roofs on these historical buildings.

"We want to remember the past, and build upon it for the future," says Dr. Aguillard.

Leah Marshall says, it will always be the Cottingham she's come to know and love. And she hopes the renovations will bring even more students to know and love it, too.

"Reaching out to other students in the state, in the country, that will maybe start hearing about us more, as we improve, as we get better," Marshall says.

After work on the residence halls, campus renovations will begin on educational facilities.

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