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Challenge grant to help create blueprint for new Learning Commons

Learning Commons

One of the largest and most exciting projects in the past decade at Life Chiropractic College West is taking off. We are transforming our traditional library space into a contemporary and technology-enhanced Learning Commons. 

This project will have a dramatic impact on the learning experience of generations of chiropractors as well as the countless number of chiropractic patients for whom they will provide care.

Traditionally, libraries have been defined by a strict set of rules –silent environments that promote solitary study. Evolving technology and its emphasis on group and interactive learning require traditional libraries to adapt to innovative and dynamic forms of learning. The new Learning Commons is designed to embrace these emerging educational trends and practices.

Visit our website page for more on our vision!

Renovations include the removal of almost all of the book stacks, installing new carpet, acquiring new furniture that better promotes group learning dynamics, increased Wi-Fi capability, integrating state-of-the-art technology equipment to enhance individual, group and remote-learning opportunities, new ceiling and insulation paneling, and roof repairs. A digital dissection table by Anatomage will be among the most sophisticated technology included in the transformed space.

The Learning Commons will be the heart of the educational mission of Life Chiropractic College West. This transformation will provide students and faculty with an enhanced learning environment and the technology to be successful in today’s academic culture.

Chiropractic Museum

The history of chiropractic is filled with visionaries, pioneers and healers. This mural depicting historic figures in the chiropractic profession is one of hundreds of artifacts, images, devices, and scholarly articles in the Life West Chiropractic Museum. Its new location in the Learning Commons reminds all that the profession’s history is an integral part of the academic and clinical preparation for chiropractors.

Harris Foundation awards $500,000 to campaign

The William M. Harris Family Foundation, a long-time and steadfast supporter of chiropractic and of Life Chiropractic College West, has awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to the Learning Commons capital campaign over the next five years. This opportunity challenges the Life West community to raise the remaining $500,000 for the project. It also ensures that every dollar donated to the campaign is automatically doubled.

How to give

Every member of the Life West Community is asked to be part of this historic transformation of the college learning environment. There are many ways contributors can make a financial commitment.

In addition to cash or credit card donations, consider other estate planning strategies:

  • Donate appreciated stock held for at least one year
  • Contribute from an existing Donor Advised Fund
  • Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (for people 70½ and older)
  • Satisfy an IRA Required Minimum Distribution
  • Engage grateful patients interested in supporting chiropractic

Underwriting for any of the naming opportunities can be redeemed with a one-time gift, a three-year pledge (preferred), a four-year pledge (extended) or any payment schedule you prefer.

For more about the Library and Learning Commons project and/or to donate, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (510) 780-4500, ext. 2060 or visit lifewest.edu/donations/library-and-learning-commons/.

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