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Orland Park Couple Donates Six Acres of Land to Saint Xavier University

Donation is fourth gift of land from Stump family, valued at $8 million

Chicago (June 28, 2005) – Mary Rita and Robert Stump of Orland Park donated six acres of land to Saint Xavier University, President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., announced today.

The land gift is in addition to roughly 35 acres the Stumps previously donated to the university at its Orland Park Campus and brings the total value of their gifts to approximately $8 million.

The Stumps have previously donated land to the university in 1998, 2002 and 2004. It was after the 2002 gift that the university announced its plans to build the Orland Park Campus.

Located near the intersection of I-80 and Rt. 45, the Orland Park Campus opened in January 2004 as the home of Saint Xavier’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and a number of education and business graduate programs. Today, 700 students are enrolled at the campus, which offers a variety of amenities including a library, bookstore, computer classrooms, and a cyber-café featuring wireless computer capabilities.

“Mary Rita and Robert Stump will forever remain a significant part of Saint Xavier’s history and future,” Dr. Dwyer said. “This gift is only the latest example of their commitment and generosity to Saint Xavier.”

Dr. Dwyer said she and the university community are inspired by the Stump family’s enduring commitment to Saint Xavier.

Mary Rita Stump is the daughter of Morgan Murphy Sr., a Catholic layman who was instrumental in the relocation of Saint Xavier to its present location on West 103rd Street in Chicago during the 1950s. She is also a former member of the president’s advisory council. Robert Stump is an emeritus member of the advisory council for the Orland Park Campus. And their daughter, Mary Judith O’Malley, is an alumna and an active supporter of the university; her husband, former State Sen. Patrick O’Malley, is a trustee.

In 2002, the Stumps received the university’s highest award, the Shield of Saint Xavier, presented to those who demonstrate their own quest for learning and commitment to service in support of the university’s mission for academic excellence and social concern.

Steve Murphy, vice president for University Development, said Saint Xavier’s presence in Orland Park was a natural next step for the university to take given its relation with the area and the proximity between Chicago and the Southwest suburbs. The Stump gift, he added, will help to secure that presence for the future.

“Many of our alumni reside in Orland Park and a number of our students come from the surrounding area,” Murphy said. “Our presence in Orland Park is very appropriate because we are well known in the community. We are thankful for Mary Rita and Robert for their ongoing support of our efforts to continue to grow in Orland Park.”