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Davenport given more parting gifts
Western has initiated a fundraising campaign in order to finance the Talbot Theatre renovation project.

The school will be undertaking a full renovation of Talbot Theatre and renaming it Paul Davenport Theatre in honour of the outgoing university president, explained Carole Stinson, campaign director for the fundraiser.

“The theatre is more than 40 years old. What is going to happen is a modern facility is going to emerge,” she said.

The total cost of the project is $5 million, with the university contributing half of the money. The fundraising campaign is aiming to raise the remaining $2.5 million required.

“The major donors to the university are contributing in tribute to Dr. Paul Davenport,” Stinson said.

“We are also approaching all alumni who would like to be involved in the project,” she added.

Western launched the online fundraising by sending an email to all faculty and staff encouraging their participation in the fundraising initiative.

This specific project was chosen to honour Davenport because of his strong reputation for being a supporter of the performing arts.

“Dr. Davenport is well known for his love of music and the performing arts, so this seemed a very good fit,” Stinson explained.

“Our Board of Governors approved the opportunity to pay tribute to his time as president,” she added.

Davenport has been president at Western for 15 years and he will be retiring in April to be replaced by Amit Chakma.

The renovations will include improved acoustics, a new orchestra shelf, state of the art lighting, electrical and mechanical sound systems and new seating, according to Stinson.
"Hannah Rosen

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