Chestnut Hill College Unveils Renewed and Renovated Spaces on Campus
Jack and Rosemary Murphy Gulati '61 Complex Features New Fitness Center and Lounge Area
Release Date: Friday, June 8, 2012
On Sunday, May 20, 2012, The College dedicated the Jack and Rosemary Murphy Gulati ’61 Complex, thanks to the generosity and leadership of Jack and Rosemary Gulati ’61 and Michael and Margaret Carney McCaffery ’77.
The complex, a revitalized and enhanced space, features a new state-of-the-art fitness center and complementary entrance pavilion. The complex also includes the Michael and Margaret Carney McCaffery ’77 Lounge that provides Chestnut Hill students, staff and faculty with a comfortable and attractive gathering space.
Recognizing the need to provide adequate conditioning and strength training facilities for the athletes in the College’s expanding athletics program, the Gulati’s generous gift spearheaded the initiative to transform the old gymnasium in Fournier Hall into a 5,000-square-foot fitness center that opened in November 2011. Available for athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike, the state-of-the-art, ADA-compliant fitness center includes a lounge space, new locker rooms, and approximately four times more fitness equipment than its predecessor.
The complex went beyond the introduction of a new fitness center on campus and included the renovation and restoration of the Social Room. Opened in January, the Michael and Margaret Carney McCaffery ’77 Lounge brings a modern and vivid new look to the space while providing students with a welcoming environment to gather for study, group discussion, and relaxation. The lounge features a café that is open early mornings to midnight, offering students another option for meals on campus. This friendly and warm space, complete with a stone-clad fireplace, plush seating and ample tables and meeting areas, offers students the perfect place to study, chat, watch high-def TV or access the internet via Wi-Fi.
The Gulati and McCaffery families have strong ties to the College. Jack Gulati serves on the board of directors and Rosemary recently celebrated her 50th reunion at the College. After graduating from Chestnut Hill, Rosemary went on to teach elementary school, raised a family, and volunteers for a variety of charitable organizations. Jack, an entrepreneur and innovator, has owned several businesses throughout this career, including SafetyCare, a technology company that provides 24-hour safety and security monitoring, and Stokesay Castle in Reading, Pa., a spectacular restaurant and banquet facility modeled after a 13th century castle in England. Their support of Chestnut Hill reflects Rosemary’s appreciation for the “strong” education she received at the College and their commitment to its vision of growth.
“The high academic standards at Chestnut Hill College prepared me to substantially help the children I taught and the organizations with whom I volunteered,” said Rosemary Gulati. “I learned if you hold people to high standards, they usually meet them.”
Margaret Carney McCaffery, M.Ed. ’77 and her husband Michael have been very supportive of the College in recent years, demonstrating their life-long commitment to education. Margaret, who earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at the College and a master’s degree in special education from Santa Clara University, has taught math, reading, and study skills at the California Parish school her children attended, while her husband Michael runs his own investment company. Their support of the College stems from the strong mission and values Chestnut Hill College represents. “They’re completely committed to their mission and don’t deviate from it. We cherish the opportunity to be a part of the College’s terrific future."
Margaret has completed two, three-year terms on the board during which she served as chair of the Development Committee for the past four years, and was a member of the Enrollment Management and Student Life Committee. At their quarterly meeting on May 21, 2012, the board of directors of Chestnut Hill College elected her to serve as chair of the board of directors, effective September 2012.
|Junior Chris Ryan, an officer in the Student Government Association, voiced his appreciation on behalf of the student body of the College for the revitalized spaces on campus.|
|Members of the Class of 1961 were present at the dedication to support and congratulate their classmate, Rosemary Gulati.|
|Guests were provided with refreshments in the McCaffery Lounge and were also treated to tours of the Fitness Center. From Left to Right: Carol Jean Vale, SSJ., Ph.D., president of the College, Jack Gulati, benefactor and board member, and Sister Anne Myers, congregational president of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and vice chair of the board. |
|Chair of the board of directors and College benefactor Margaret Carney McCaffery ’77 stands beside the newly dedicated plague in the Lounge.|
|On Sunday, May 20, 2012, Chestnut Hill College dedicated the Jack and Rosemary Murphy Gulati ’61 Complex, which features a new state-of-the-art fitness center and the Michael and Margaret Carney McCaffery ’77 Lounge. From Left to Right: Board member and benefactor Jack Gulati, Sister Carol Jean Vale, Ph.D., president of Chestnut Hill College, Rosemary Murphy Gulati, ’61.|