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Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, Rockhurst University has begun construction on a new, state-of-the-art academic building.

Announced in June 2013, the construction of Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall was made possible as a result of a $25 million fundraising campaign, which includes a $500,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.

Named for the 28th superior general of the Society of Jesus and located south of the University’s signature bell tower, Arrupe Hall will hold a majority of all undergraduate and graduate classes and will feature a 500-seat auditorium for academic and public events. The building will be designed to reflect the University core value of wisdom. Among the features of the new facility is the McMeel Family Gallery, named for one of the founders of the Andrews McMeel Universal newspaper syndication company. The gallery will feature comic strips illustrating the concepts of learning, leadership and service.

Fundraising continues for Phase 2 of the project, which will add a black-box theater to the facility.


Phase 1 Construction of new academic building $25 million (Funded!)
Phase 2 Addition of black-box theater to new academic building $8 million
  Total Project Cost $33 million
Let's keep the momentum going.

Construction of Phase 2 of the building is contingent on funds raised. Make your gift online or by contacting Amy Drouin, director of major giving, at 816-501-4628.

Your continued support will contribute to the future of Rockhurst University. For more information, download our New Academic Building Brochure (PDF)