At Home & In the World
At Home & In the World—The Campaign For Arcadia University exceeded the $23.5 million goal, topping $30 million by its close on June 30, 2011. Under the leadership of Campaign Co-Chairs Rosemary Deniken Blankley ’57, ’06H, Thomas J. Reilly Jr., Margaret Wright Steele ’80, and Madeline Johnson Stein ’68, the campaign was historic on many counts, including a $5 million pledge, the largest single gift ever made to the University. Trustees led the way, committing $9 million in the initial phase. Arcadia University Faculty and Staff made commitments exceeding $650,000, demonstrating their enthusiasm for the Campaign.
The Campaign name At Home & In the World represents both the focus—improving our “home campus” in Glenside—and the University’s role in preparing students for success in the world. The funding priorities focused on enriching student learning and life so students can excel in a rapidly changing world; renewing the beauty and elegance of our campus as an ideal learning environment; and ensuring future opportunities for faculty and students to contribute to the world in notable ways.
Easton HallA major focus of the campus priorities was funding for new facilities, including the Easton Hall academic building, additional student parking, and the new University Commons student center, which opens for use in November 2011. Nearly $11 million was raised toward these projects. The new University Commons will soon be the hub of student activity, linking Kuch Athletics and Recreation Center to a Café, student lounges, gallery space, a game room, a 500-seat auditorium, and more.
Particularly inspiring was the response of Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends to increase the scholarship endowment. With 35 new endowed scholarships established, we have taken a significant stride in meeting the cost of education for future students.
Annual Fund & Operations
Arcadia’s Annual Fund was an integral part of the Campaign, with nearly $6.2 million raised against a $2.3 million goal. Board Chair Margaret Wright Steele ’80 noted “It is especially encouraging for the future of Arcadia that so many alumni and friends responded generously to the operational needs as well as to the University Commons and scholarships.”
The Office of Sponsored Research and individual academic departments at the University had significant success securing grants during the Campaign as well. Grants received included $1.9 million for the Physical Therapy program and $1.6 million for teacher certification in math and science.
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