Open for Business: Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration

In addition to being the first day of school, Aug. 28, 2017 was also the grand opening of the new Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration. The large, two-story space features highly adaptable work stations that facilitate collaboration, team projects, and free-form experimentation. It also features advanced technology like a laser cutter, 3-D printers, and more. The space is housed in the Upper School but is open to students in all divisions.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured major supporters David and Madeleine Lubar, and Joan Lubar ’77 and her husband Dr. John Crouch. “We are so pleased to support USM and, in particular, this center,” said David Lubar. “We love the idea of creating a devoted space with specialized equipment, experienced staff, and advanced programming to encourage and facilitate innovation, exploration, creativity, and idea generation. We believe the students who come here will learn additional skills and knowledge with will be valuable in their careers and their lives ahead.” Added Joan Lubar ’77, “We could not be happier and more proud that we were able to do this and be involved in the Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration. I think it is so exciting for USM and also for the city of Milwaukee.”

The Lubar Center is a facility funded by contributions through USM’s Our Common Bond capital campaign, which includes additional capital projects, the USM endowments, and the USM Fund. Additional major donors to the space include the Ann and Richard Teerlink family, the Karen and Steven Guy family, the Wendy and Andrew Petzold family, and the Shelly and Dick Seesel family.

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