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Turner Hall Transformation Project Launched

Photo of the Turner Hall Project launch ceremony.

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.

For more information about volunteering your time or donating to the Turner Hall Transformation Project, contact Marise Robbins-Forbes at or visit