To be named the John & Toni Murray Research Center, the expanded portion of the hall will span 27,500 square feet and include new science labs, a computer science lab, classrooms, conference rooms, and student study areas. The gift was made in honor of Murray's late husband, John, and her late mother, Wanda P. Ciemielewski, and will count toward the university's Faith and Reason capital campaign.
Murray received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from USF and is a longtime supporter of the university, having previously funded an education lab, multiple scholarships, and theatrical performances. She co-owned Industrial Tool Grinding in Waynedale with her husband and took over the business after his death.
"When I graduated and started working as a teacher, my mother suggested I share my first gift," said Murray. "That first gift wasn't much, but it was important to me. I wanted to support my college. Saint Francis made it possible for me to become a teacher. Now many years later, I am able to make a bigger impact. I still hear my mother's voice encouraging me to support the university. It's in her honor that l wanted to help with the new science building. I'm also grateful that I can support scholarships and other programs for USF students, too."