More than 100 alumni, faculty, students and friends of Illinois gathered at the lakeside home of Dr. Larry Hageman on Sept. 20, 2012, in Rochelle, Ill., to publicly launch a $5 million fundraising campaign – The Turner Hall Transformation Project – to renovate teaching laboratories and classrooms in Turner Hall.
Highlights of the evening included the announcement of a $500,000 lead gift from Turner Hall Project co-chair William F. Kirk, Jr., and his wife Lillian. Kirk received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in 1964.
This $5 million fundraising campaign is being matched with $5 million in state funding. The state funds will initiate lab renovations and improve the exterior of the building.
Hageman, a 1978 agricultural science alum, generously sponsored this event as part of his commitment to the Turner Hall Project Steering Committee.