The largest gift in the university's 124-year history will help fund construction of the Dunklau Center for Science, Math and Business. The facility will include fifty-eight thousand square feet of new construction and twenty-eight thousand square feet of renovated space in the university's current science building and will house the departments of science (biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science), math, business, and computer science. The center also will have research labs for each discipline, as well as five biology labs, a gross anatomy lab, three chemistry labs, two physics labs, two computer science labs, a greenhouse, classrooms and lecture halls, and a thousand-square-foot collaborative space where students and faculty can work together in adaptable environments. The $24 million project will be funded entirely by private donations.
Established in 1968 by Rupert Dunklau, who died in 2016, and his first wife, Ruth, who died in 1998, the foundation supports "the varied ministries related to the Lutheran tradition, especially the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and educational entities of the Lutheran Church and appropriate projects that promote the welfare of mankind," including Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.
"Science, technology, math, and business are crucial to the continuing mission of Concordia University," said university provost Jenny Mueller-Roebke. "The Dunklau Center will encourage our students to serve as the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and businessmen and -women by equipping them in a Christ-centered environment. We are grateful to Rupert Dunklau Foundation for this wonderful gift that will only advance these strong academic programs at Concordia."