In this issue:
- Emotional stories frame announcement of $100 million campaign
- Academic Center on schedule for June completion
- Campaign success will be a team effort
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Alumni and current Manchester students shared powerful stories Oct. 21 at the public kickoff of
Students First! The Campaign for Manchester.
“Tonight was a great night for Manchester University,” said William Kallas ’12, who participated in the program announcing the $100 million goal. “I am really proud to be a student at MU.”
Alumni and students told donors that their lives had been changed “because you put me first.” The 265 in attendance also saw the premiere of a campaign video that features personal stories of transformation and opportunities, and outlines the compelling need for campaign
initiatives such as scholarships, an Academic Center, and enhanced faculty development and student learning programs.
“I used to think college would be impossible due to the medical bills” required to care for a brother with cerebral palsy, Alia Woods ’14 of Fort Wayne says in the video. But generous scholarships changed that. “Thanks to Manchester,” she said, “my dreams are now possible.”
The A Cappella Choir performed several numbers, closing the program with an emotional rendition of the Alma Mater (“By the Kenapocomoco”) that moved alumni to stand and join in the singing.
“I watched the Students First! campaign video with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, wishing I were a rich man,” wrote Roger Buzzard, professor emeritus of history and economics, after the event. “However small a part I had in the life of Manchester University, I am proud to have played it.”
Current students participated in the celebration in many ways, and a number joined donors, most of them alumni,
at a special dinner in Haist Commons.
“Now we must all help to complete the plan,” shared Dorotha Neher Brandon ’43 Williams of reaching the $100 million campaign goal. “Thank you for a beautiful evening. Students First! must always be our mantra.”
Academic Center on schedule for June completion
Contractors have been busy installing windows and utilities in the new Academic Center so that work on the $9.1 million project can progress uninterrupted through the winter. “We
are on target for a June 4 possession of the Academic Center from the contractors,” says Jack Gochenaur ’70, vice president for finance and treasurer.
The Academic Center, a renovation and expansion of the former Holl-Kintner Hall of Science, is the cornerstone project of Students First! The building will house many of Manchester’s academic programs and include 16 classrooms, faculty offices, study lounges, a small lecture auditorium, conference rooms, and a peace studies library. There will also be dedicated spaces for language study, psychology research, video editing and accounting multi-media instruction.
A Welcome Center on the building’s south end will house private areas for families to meet with admissions counselors, a hospitality area with a café and staff offices and work areas.
Unlike the Administration Building, where many classes still meet, an elevator and barrier-free entrances will make the Academic Center fully accessible to all persons. Better insulation and more efficient utilities will make Manchester significantly greener, too.
Michael Kinder & Sons Inc. of Fort Wayne is the general contractor, working from designs by MSKTD& Associates Inc.
Donors can still choose naming and other giving opportunities for this transformational project.
Watch live progress on Spartan Cam III!
Campaign success will be a team effort
Raising $100 million for Students First! will require the help of many people, especially those on
the Campaign Cabinet. Comprised of volunteer alumni and friends, the cabinet is helping College leadership reach the campaign goal. Dave ’73 and Sandy Cleveland ’74 Haist ’02, of Grabill, Ind., are the Students First! co-chairs. The Haists and other cabinet members are making pacesetting campaign gifts that will challenge others to give, and they are helping raise gifts from other individuals, corporations and foundations.
“Campaign Cabinet members are vital to our success,” says Michael Eastman, vice president for university advancement. “They are all volunteers, most of them alumni. They give a lot of themselves because they remember people at Manchester who put them first, and they believe deeply in the mission of the College.”
Campaign Cabinet members donate considerable time, meeting on campus several times a year in addition to meeting with potential donors. They also assist and advise University Advancement staff and participate in campaign events as their schedules permit.
Members of the Students First! Campaign Cabinet
Front row, left to right:
Back row, left to right: