On a beautiful spring afternoon in Madison, Edgewood College marked the official start of construction on a new residence hall on campus with a ceremonial groundbreaking.
The $13 million project will provide additional living space for more than 100 students, and is scheduled to be completed in time for the Fall 2016 semester. The new hall will be attached to the north end of Regina Hall.
Catherine Zdeblick, a major benefactor to the project, delivered moving remarks during the brief ceremony. Her gift to the project, made in honor of the memory of her son AJ, ensures that three students in the College’s Cutting Edge program will be able to live in the new hall each year. AJ Zdeblick was a student in the first cohort of the unique college access program. His sudden passing more than five years ago deeply affected many at the College.
“AJ’s life changed when he came to Edgewood College,” Zdeblick said. “…He blossomed in his independence because he felt valued and respected. He had faith he could meet the challenge, and he ran with it.”
“When you change a child you change the family,” she continued. “When you change the family you change the community. When you change a community you can change the world.”