We are pleased to announce that Saint Xavier University has now received $2,592,278 from the Illinois capital grant program for use in the area formerly occupied by the Art Department. This is the second phase of distribution from the Illinois capital grant program; these funds are restricted as to purpose, in accord with the provisions of our original application. Newman Architecture has met with the principal parties involved in this project and will have a preliminary conceptual design for review by the Space Committee in mid-July. A sustained good faith effort must be made to award 20% of the project work to Minority Business Enterprise eligible firms and 5% to Women Business Enterprise eligible firms. The university’s plan is to have final drawings available by fall, to competitively bid the project by the first of the year, to secure permits in the first months of 2013, and to begin construction in May 2013. We are grateful to all involved for their continued efforts to enhance the learning environment for our students.