By Alexis T. Bell, Dean
This spring, the College successfully completed its fund-raising efforts for Tan Hall. The final stretch required the College to raise $1.7 million to match the $600,000 provided as a challenge grant by The Kresge Foundation. Thanks to the efforts of our alumni and friends, this challenge was met. All of us in the College are enormously grateful to those who contributed not only to the Kresge Challenge, but also to earlier fund-raising efforts. Over the fifteen years that have elapsed since the start of the project, the College has raised a total of $27 million in support of a $40 million project. My staff and I are extremely pleased with this accomplishment.
The construction of Tan Hall continues at a steady pace. The structural members for six stories that are above ground are complete and the steel work for the seventh floor is now in progress. By the end of the summer, the superstructure will be complete, and by the end of 1995, the building will be completely enclosed. So, now we are looking forward to summer's end in 1996, when the faculty and students will be able to gain occupancy.
The College held its largest commencement ever on May 22. Over 1,800 people were in attendance. The commencement speaker was Dr. James Trainham, Director of Engineering Research at DuPont. Dr. Trainham received both his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering. In his address he spoke about the future of the chemical industry and its need for growth. Faculty and students were greatly encouraged by Dr. Trainham's words and his excitement about the challenges lying ahead for young chemists and chemical engineers.
As many of you have undoubtedly heard, the budget for the University of California at Berkeley continues to be tight. While Governor Wilson has pledged to increase the UC budget by 4 percent per annum for the next four years, a combination of rising costs, old debts, and mandated cost savings means that Berkeley, and the College within it, will need to further tighten its belt. Each of the units within the College has been asked to examine its budget carefully and to seek ways for becoming more efficient.
On the brighter side, the College has begun renovations of laboratories on the upper floors of Latimer Hall. Funds for this effort have been provided by the NSF through an Academic Research Infrastructure grant and matching funds from the Chancellor's office. Altogether, over $4 million are being spent on upgrading laboratories used for research in the areas of bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, and biochemical engineering.