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Hartnell College Library Fund Launches with Major Community Support

December 8th, 2006

Representatives from HSBC were on hand Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at the new Hartnell College Library & Learning Resource Center to present a gift of $250,000 to launch the Hartnell College Library Fund.

The gift is one of four announced at the morning press conference to launch the $2 million gift effort in support of the Hartnell College Library. The four gifts total $625,000.

"HSBC believes that education is the basic building block for improving one’s life," said Patrick Burke, Managing Director and CEO, Card Services HSBC - North America during the gift presentation. "We are very pleased to support this new library, which will ensure that students in our local communities have access to the resources they need for a successful college career."

Separately, HSBC also has donated $11,000 for scholarships, a summer bridge program for teacher education, and a conference for early childhood education, as well as to support the planetarium.

Dr. Edward J. Valeau opened the brief ceremony Tuesday by welcoming guests to the library, which opened in May of 2006.

"This library is the jewel of our campus, and one of the highlights of the entire community," Valeau said. "Our students and teachers have embraced it fully and are finding many innovative uses for its technological capabilities."

There were 48,693 visitors to the library in just its first month of operation.

"We are grateful to HSBC, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the family and friends of former Hartnell librarian Sze Soo, and the Sons of Italy, who have taken the lead in contributing to this funding effort," he said. Steve Malvini, president of the Sons of Italy, was in attendance at the conference.

The construction of the $26.5 million, technologically advanced building was financed in large part by Measure H bond money and state funds. For the school to continue to provide the latest in teaching technology and provide the most up-to-date instructional programs and support services, Valeau explained, it must rely on private funding.

Monterey Peninsula Foundation was recognized for contributing $250,000 to the library fund as well. Its gift will name the library’s community room the AT&T Pebble Beach Charities Community Room.

"We are delighted to support this wonderful new facility that benefits all who live in this community," said Ollie Nutt, President/CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. "We are especially pleased to name the AT&T Pebble Beach Charities Community Room of the library, in recognition of its role in providing a place where community groups and boards can meet in a comfortable, professional environment that provides the very latest in meeting technology."

In addition to the two $250,000 gifts, the Foundation announced a gift of $100,000 from the family and a friend of Sze Soo, a gift that names the Technical Services Center in honor of beloved former Hartnell technical services and reference librarian, Sze Soo, and a $25,000 gift from the Sons of Italy, a civic-minded community organization whose gift will name the periodical browsing area of the library.

Associate Vice President of Education Technology and Library Services Gary Hughes presented faculty and staff who demonstrated some of the library’s capabilities to those gathered. "The shared library vision was to marry the rich classical ambience of a traditional library with the latest 21st century technology," he said. "Working together, we have accomplished that goal and have set a high standard for Hartnell College’s future."