Preserving the Past

With the first capital gift to Salve Regina in 1947 - the gift of Ochre Court - the Sisters of Mercy were able to open the doors and begin a legacy of Mercy education which thrives today. Subsequent gifts enriched and helped to grow the campus to its current 80 acres. Over the years, alumni, parents and friends have made millions of dollars in donations to add important facilities for Salve Regina students, including McKillop Library, named for Sister Lucille McKillop; Rodgers Recreation Center, named for the late Thomas A. Rodgers Jr,. a beloved trustee; the Antone Academic Center for Culture and the Arts, named for M. Therese Antone, RSM, the University’s current chancellor; and Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, home to the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life. In addition, millions of dollars have been donated to assist the University in thoughtfully renovating historic buildings for reuse as academic centers, dormitories, student centers and resources for the greater community, such as the Young Building, home of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

Building the Future

Plans are currently underway for the next capital enhancement, the renovation and expansion of O’Hare Academic Center, named for the first academic dean, Mary James O’Hare, RSM. Since opening its doors in 1968, O'Hare has been the University’s main academic complex. This critical capital project imagines an environment that encourages engaged student learning. The newly created space will support an educational model which encompasses high-quality academic programs, high levels of student engagement in learning, and a supportive campus community focused on student transformation. The new environment will provide faculty with the resources necessary to deliver educational content in interactive, activity-based and collaborative ways. Over the coming year, the entire University community, including alumni, parents and friends, will receive information about this project and will be asked to help to build this new learning center with donations. You may make your donation now, or contact us for more information about naming opportunities in the new O’Hare.


A strong endowment is a hallmark of a strong University, and Salve Regina supporters have generously built the University’s endowment funds. Endowments support all aspects of campus life, including student scholarships, athletics, the McKillop Library and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life. We invite you to make a gift that will continue to grow and enrich the University community. Individuals may choose to establish a named fund for a minimum donation of $25,000. For more information, contact Victoria A. Duclos at (401) 341-2345.

Arboretum Fund for Salve Regina

Salve Regina's campus has been recognized as a Level II arboretum by the Morton Arboretum's ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The Arboretum at Salve Regina was established to preserve the natural and historic resources of the campus landscape and to provide a living and learning environment that enhances the educational mission of the University and demonstrates a responsible commitment to stewardship. You can join with others who cherish the beauty of the campus by making a gift in support of tree and garden stewardship.

Named Gift Opportunities

The University is pleased to offer the opportunity to place your name, or the name of someone dear to you, throughout the campus. For information on all naming opportunities, from naming a building to putting a name on a classroom or a paver at the chapel or Rodgers Recreation Center, contact Katherine Horoschak at (401) 341-2438.