University of Montana Receives $5 Million for New Auditorium

The University of Montana has announced a $5 million gift from the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust to create an auditorium in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.

To be named the Ali Lund Instructional (ALI) Auditorium, the  five hundred-seat hall will serve as a one-of-a-kind classroom, conference room, and presentation space fully equipped to promote twenty-first-century learning. The College of Education has seen steady growth since the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center was completed in 2009, and the new auditorium will enable the college to continue to expand its reach. The auditorium also will be available for use by all university departments as well as local community groups.

Alice "Ali" Lee Lund earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at UM before launching her career as a teacher. She established a charitable trust and named her alma mater as a beneficiary before her death in 2001.

"The ALI Auditorium is a vital part of our vision for the future," said Roberta Evans, dean of the college. "Thanks to its namesake, the ALI Auditorium will serve as a catalyst for bringing the rest of the world to UM and will allow the expertise and innovation fostered here to extend across the globe."

"Gift Brings New 500-Seat Auditorium to UM." University of Montana Press Release 08/29/2016.