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Lougheed Learning Commons

The Lougheed Learning Commons at SUNY Potsdam is home to the Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library, the Donald and Kathryn Lougheed Center for Applied Learning, the Center for Creative Instruction, Minerva’s Café, the College Makerspace and the Honors Lounge.

On an average day, more than 1,200 people pass through the doors of the Lougheed Learning Commons. The building serves as an academic crossroads for the campus, centered on the Crumb Library and gathering spaces used for individual study and group collaboration.

In recognition of the evolving nature of the facility and in honor of a historic gift, SUNY Potsdam and the State University of New York will name the campus’s academic hub in honor of two dedicated donors—Donald (Hon. ’54) and Kathryn Kofoed Lougheed ’54.

The couple has pledged $5.25 million to support applied learning initiatives at SUNY Potsdam—a historic gift representing the largest donation the College has ever received—on top of previous giving totaling $2.3 million toward scholarships and the LoKo Arts Festival, which they founded in 2012.

The Lougheed Learning Commons will be officially dedicated in a special ceremony during the 2018 LoKo Arts Festival, to be held on Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will include music, remarks and tours of the facility. All are welcome to join in the celebration!

“SUNY Potsdam will be forever changed for the better, thanks to the generosity and vision of Don and Kathy Lougheed. Their extraordinary gift will ensure that applied learning is woven throughout the student experience at SUNY Potsdam, by tripling the amount of donor funds available to the Center for Applied Learning and nearly tripling the amount of campus funding available for faculty and curricular development in support of applied learning. Words can’t fully express how grateful we are to the Lougheeds for their friendship and depth of support,” said President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg.