Gustavus Reaches Fundraising Target, Students Benefit Posted on January 7th, 2004 by

Reaching its $100 million fundraising target, Gustavus Adolphus College celebrates the success of its “Building a Greater Gustavus” capital campaign.

“This kind of investment in the future of Gustavus is essential for us to continue making this a better place for our students,” said Gustavus President Jim Peterson. “It will help us strengthen our academic programs, upgrade our facilities to better meet student needs, and provide greater access to Gustavus for many excellent students.”

The campaign, which includes some campus reconstruction projects following significant tornado damage in 1998, has focused on student scholarships, programs, and facilities.

Individual donors, foundations, and alumni classes have created more than 100 scholarships. “This has been the most successful aspect of this entire campaign,” said Brenda Moore, vice president for institutional advancement. “Commitments to scholarship endowments have grown by $22.3 million.”

A new program funded by this campaign is the Center for Vocational Reflection. The center helps students and staff find their purpose in life through education, service, and faith. The Christ Chapel Endowment, which will continue to grow as part of the campaign through May 2004, is strengthening the programs and resources available through the campus chaplains’ office.

New facilities already completed include the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center , and the Barbro Osher Svenska Huset (Swedish House). Renovation of Old Main is also part of “Building a Greater Gustavus.” Fundraising efforts continue to upgrade the historic 1876 landmark.

“During a period of economic uncertainty, Gustavus alumni and friends have chosen to support the mission of the school,” said Campaign Chairman Phil Lindau. “Most certainly the ultimate beneficiaries are tomorrow’s students.”


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Luc Hatlestad


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