$300 Million Campaign to Kick Off October 28

Posted: October 16, 2006

A panel discussion regarding conflict in the Middle East and a dedication ceremony for the school's Center for Global Initiatives will help mark the official announcement of the $300 million Campaign for Mount Holyoke Saturday, October 28.

On that day, hundreds of alumnae and supporters of the school, the oldest women's college in the world, will come to campus to show their support for the College and participate in a series of events marking the kickoff.

"Through the Campaign for Mount Holyoke we will honor the College's recent successes and future ambitions," said Leslie Anne Miller '73, chair of the board of trustees and Campaign cochair, "and we will continue to deliver the resources necessary for the College to excel. I know that alumnae and friends will recognize how important this Campaign is to maintaining our momentum as an institution that is looked to around the world as a key promoter of women's leadership and education." The Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees unanimously authorized this comprehensive fundraising campaign at its May 2006 meeting.

In large part, the Campaign's priorities are informed by the Plan for Mount Holyoke 2010, a comprehensive strategy developed under President Joanne V. Creighton for maintaining continued educational excellence at this leading liberal arts college in this era of global challenge. The Campaign's top priority is support for the College's endowment--now at more than $500 million--to provide sustained support for faculty and student financial aid. Other priorities for the Campaign include supporting the operating budget through gifts to the Annual Fund, and funding a number of projects including a new residence hall and three new athletic facilities: a boathouse, outdoor track, and turf field. A complete breakout of the Campaign priorities is as follows: endowment goal, $175 million; Annual Fund goal for current operating use, $50 million; facilities goal, $25 million; and special projects and programs goal, $50 million.

A 35-member campaign steering committee will be a driving force behind the fundraising effort. Chairing the committee is Eleanor Graham Claus '55, who has served as a former chair of the board of trustees as well as Campaign cochair for the College's last comprehensive campaign. Cochairs for the Campaign are Miller and Barbara McClearn Baumann '77. Baumann is also a trustee.

"The steering committee is looking forward to working with the entire community--including alumnae and the Alumnae Association, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents--to mount a successful effort to support the College in this period of remarkable progress," said Claus. "The great strides the College has made are due, in no small part, to the success of our previous comprehensive campaign."

On December 31, 2003, the College successfully completed The Campaign for Mount Holyoke College: Advancing Our Legacy of Leadership with a record-breaking $257 million in gifts from more than 80 percent of alumnae in addition to parents and friends. More than $134 million was raised for endowment.

The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2010 is the second major planning document developed under President Creighton, who has served as President for a decade. The first, the Plan for Mount Holyoke 2003, set in motion a series of record-breaking years in admission and fundraising, as well as major advances in the curriculum and student life.

"We know what is possible when we work together in common cause," President Creighton wrote in a letter to alumnae and parents this summer. "Sound planning, creative collaboration across academic divisions, and the success of the three academic centers have produced a blossoming of curricular and academic energy. Because of all of you, Mount Holyoke thrives. Now, through the Campaign for Mount Holyoke, the College is poised to soar."

Events Tied to the Center for Global Initiatives to Highlight Day
A number of events, open to the public and the campus community, will mark the Campaign celebration, including "The Transformative Power of Learning Abroad: MHC Students Reflect." This panel presentation by globetrotting students will take place in the New York Room of Mary Woolley Hall from 10:30 to 11:45 am.

Then, from 1:30 to 3 pm in Hooker Auditorium, the dedication of the Center for Global Initiatives will begin with a panel discussion on "The Middle East as Global Challenge." Participating on the panel will be Anthony Lake, distinguished professor in practice of diplomacy, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Rami Khouri, prominent journalist and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut; and Eynat Shlein-Michael, counselor for Middle Eastern Affairs, Embassy of Israel, Washington, DC. Lake served as national Security Adviser in the Clinton administration and taught at Mount Holyoke for many years. Khouri was last on campus in 2005 as a Global Scholar-in-Residence. Eva Paus, Carol Hoffmann Collins '63 Director of the Center for Global Initiatives, will moderate.

Following the panel discussion, the Center for Global Initiatives will be dedicated and named. That ceremony will take place at Porter Hall.

The Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) was founded in 2004 to unite Mount Holyoke's wealth of international programs and people, and implement a coherent vision for education for global citizenship. The center initiates, promotes, and coordinates educational activities to advance our understanding of global problems and solutions from cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural, and cross-national perspectives. Through its programs, students and faculty engage critically with the promises and threats of an increasingly global world.

The Campaign aims to reach its goal by the end of 2011.