Alma College Launches 'Open Windows' Campaign
It’s all about the students.
Alma College has launched into the public phase of a $35.25 million fund-raising campaign designed to support scholarships, academic programs and educational experiences that help students see and experience a broader vision of the world.
The “Open Windows” campaign, the largest planned fund-raising effort in the College’s history, focuses on strengthening student opportunities that build upon and enhance classroom learning.
“Alma College quite literally opens the world to its students through a multitude of opportunities that transcend the classroom, ” said Alma College President Saundra Tracy. “This is a campaign that seeks to build a sustainable endowment to support these special kinds of opportunities that lead to student success — opportunities that can’t be sustained through tuition alone.
“The Open Windows campaign represents one of our most concerted efforts to solidify Alma’s endowment to broaden current initiatives for students and bring life to new ones,” she said.
The campaign has already achieved 64.8 percent of its goal, according to Carol Hyble, vice president for advancement. More than $22.8 million has been raised during the nearly two-year quiet phase of the campaign.
“Alma College has been a successful liberal arts institution for 120 years and exists because of a strong legacy of supporters who believe in the College and make it a priority,” said Hyble. “Gifts received for this campaign will establish scholarships, provide endowments for faculty professorships, enhance academic programs, and increase opportunities for students in the areas of responsible leadership, collaborative research and the performing arts.
“This is an opportunity to build upon the College’s strengths and have a far-reaching impact on the success of our current and future students,” she said.
The campaign seeks to “open windows” of opportunities for students — a phrase that has been adopted as the official campaign theme, said Mart Johnson, board trustee and campaign chairman.
“This campaign will strengthen the foundation of our core values of student-centered education, engaged learning, a strong belief in a liberal arts preparation, and preparing ethical leaders for the 21st century,” said Johnson. “It will open new windows of opportunities for our students to help them find, pursue and create their paths to success.”
“Open Windows: A Campaign for Alma College” targets fund-raising goals in five key areas:
$11 million for the Center for Responsible Leadership
All Alma students, regardless of academic major or degree, are exposed to leadership development opportunities through the Center for Responsible Leadership. The Center’s goals are to prepare leaders who have the ability to initiate and manage change, embrace their sense of ethical purpose and commitment, and focus on long-term decision-making over short-term gain.
The campaign identifies goals for various components of the Center for Responsible Leadership, including support for the leadership fellows program, leaders-in-residence, campus speakers, workshops and seminars, community service and outreach opportunities, and a physical Center space that will bring together academic and co-curricular activities with faculty, staff, students and guests.
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation in Midland has committed $3 million to the Center to help prepare future leaders. The Center also has received major funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Hayden Foundation, and the Paul and Antje Newhagen Foundation. The $500,000 Lilly Endowment grant will be used to support many of the Center’s core programs, including off-campus service trips, speakers, course development and faith-based experiences.
$4 million for academic opportunities
The campaign targets three areas of enhancement:
• $2 million for the Collaborative Research Program, which provides opportunities for students to work side by side with faculty researching areas of interest across the curriculum, both on and off campus;
• $1 million for the Premiere Fund for the Arts, which is designed to increase student exposure to artistic work and allows students to work directly with visiting artists; and
• $1 million for The Initiative for Academic Innovation, which provides faculty opportunities to master new technologies, theories and pedagogical methods for the classroom.
$4.5 million for endowed programs
This includes support for student scholarships, academic programs and faculty professorships.
“Building our endowment will help sustain the good opportunities we have for students and ensure a strong future for Alma College,” said Hyble.
$4.75 million for facilities
A significant portion of Alma’s campaign dedicated to facilities has already been completed:
• $4 million for Wright Hall, Alma’s “green” residence hall that was completed in January 2005. The modern apartment-style hall features a number of environmentally friendly features, including a geothermal heat pump, energy-efficient windows, solar heating panels, and energy-efficient showers and washing machines. Wright Hall has been funded through donor gifts at 100 percent.
• $250,000 for the renovation of McIntyre Mall, which was completed in August 2004. A focal point on campus, McIntyre Mall provides a central space for gathering, reading or studying. The renovation has been funded at 100 percent.
• $500,000 for renovation of the Hogan Physical Education Center to better meet the needs of fitness and education. Hogan was last renovated in the 1980s. Since then, the number of students using the facility has greatly increased, and the growth of women’s athletics has soared. The project includes the remodeling of the lower level of Hogan, increasing the space available for athletic training and rehabilitation, and redistributing the locker room facilities into more functional spaces.
$11 million for ongoing essential resources
Alma College receives annual support for academic departments, intercollegiate athletics and various teaching, research and cultural programs. The campaign identifies goals in two areas:
• $5 million for the Alma Fund, which helps fund the day-to-day operational costs of the College,
• $6 million for estate commitments.
The campaign will conclude Dec. 31, 2008.
Posted: Fri, October 6th, 2006 at 12:45PM