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$32 Million 225th Anniversary Campaign Refocuses on Remaining Needs

Transylvania’s five-year $32 million 225th Anniversary Campaign enters its fourth year with a gratifying sense of achievement, thanks to the generosity of the University’s many supporters, while also refocusing its efforts on several key areas of remaining need.

“I can’t stress too much how thankful we are for what our community of donors has done so far to put us on the road to success with this capital campaign,” said President Charles L. Shearer. “The campaign has great momentum. It’s been a remarkable outpouring of support that shows how important the future of this University is to so many people.”

Achievements of the campaign thus far include the completion of two projects that have greatly enhanced the campus environment. The renovated Haupt Plaza, with its expanded seating and new landscaping, has become even more popular in its role as the town square of the campus. The Glenn Building, featuring an attractive bookstore and the very popular Jazzman’s Café, is a meeting place for students, faculty, and staff.

“The Glenn Building and our renovated Haupt Plaza have created a new sense of community for everyone,” said Shearer. “These improved social spaces let students and faculty members have more of those casual, impromptu meetings where important learning takes place.”

The endowment goal of the campaign, set at $6 million for endowed scholarships and $3 million for endowed academic chairs, has exceeded its overall goal by raising $12 million.

However, two of the envisioned three $1 million academic chairs remain to be funded. The first, the Lucille C. Little Endowed Chair in Theater, was funded when Transylvania donors matched the $500,000 challenge grant from the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation.

The goal of $8 million for an extensive renovation of laboratory space in Brown Science Center has not been fully met and is a key focus of the remaining two years of the campaign. Thus far, $5.9 million has been raised, which has allowed the University to complete renovation of the heating and air-conditioning system, install new windows throughout the building, create an attractive new biology lab, and renovate two physics labs.

The remaining work to upgrade the 37-year-old science center consists of renovation of the biology and chemistry labs, scheduled for the summers of 2008 and 2009.

The goal of $5.5 million for the construction of a new residence hall has been partially met, and construction is underway for Thomson Residence Hall. Its funding was stimulated by a generous lead gift from Joe Thomson ’66 and his wife, JoAnn.

The campaign has also resulted in the relocation and complete refurbishing of the Career Development Center and the construction and opening of three new tennis courts, which are located near the corner of Fourth Street and Bourbon Avenue.

“The fruits of this campaign are already being enjoyed by students, faculty, and staff, even as we focus our efforts on the remaining goals,” said vice president for alumni and development Richard Valentine. “We feel exceptionally good about the progress we’ve made. Now it’s just a matter of maintaining our momentum to the finish line. Transylvania donors have recognized the value of this campaign’s goals, and that makes me confident that we can meet all our remaining needs.”

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