Generations campaign raises $1.061 billion, garners national awards

Author: Dennis Brown

•For the first time in Notre Dame’s fund-raising history, the goal for library support was exceeded; $31.1 million raised, against a goal of $29.2 million. The money is going toward 115 new endowed collections, an endowed directorship, renovation needs, and improved technology.
p. •Notre Dame’s Catholic character was significantly enhanced through the construction of the Coleman Center as well as a $2-million endowment for Campus Ministry and gifts to the Alliance for Catholic Education, the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Erasmus Institute, the Institute for Church Life, and the Center for Social Concerns.
p. •Forty-one new endowed chairs were established in the College of Arts and Letters. (Most of the new chairs in all colleges are a result of the campaign, however, some were added when an earlier gift appreciated enough over time to support an additional chair.) The college also has a nearly completed new building for the departments of theology and philosophy and has added a comprehensive new Shakespeare Initiative. Support from the campaign also flowed to the Medieval Institute, the Keough Institute for Irish Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
p. •The largest single gift of the campaign (and in the University’s history), $35 million from alumnus Thomas Mendoza and his wife, Kathy, is primarily for faculty resources in the newly named Mendoza College of Business. The campaign also brought 15 new endowed chairs in business and the establishment of the college’s John Cardinal O’Hara Society for development, the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and the Doermer Family MBA Career Development Center.
p. •Major funding was put in place for a new $70-million science education building. The College of Science also realized the creation of nine new endowed chairs, the construction of the Hank Family Center for Environmental Sciences, and the establishment of the Keck Center for Transgene Research.
p. •In the College of Engineering, funding was started for a multidisciplinary research facility, eight new chairs were endowed, and a state-of-the-art learning center was built in Cushing Hall.
p. •Six new endowed chairs were established in the Notre Dame Law School and underwriting was secured for improvements to the law library. The school also established the Order of St. Thomas More fund-raising society, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights received several significant gifts in support of its worldwide programs.
p. •The School of Architecture has an expanded and renovated facility, now named Bond Hall, two new endowed chairs, new library resources, and enhanced learning technology.
p. •Several new institutes and centers were created, including the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the Mendelson Center for Sport, Character&Culture.
p. •The University’s international initiatives were enhanced with the establishment of the Keough Notre Dame Study Centre-Ireland in Dublin’s historic Newman House, the relocation of the London Program to larger quarters in Marian Kennedy Fischer Hall on Trafalgar Square, and a major increase in study abroad opportunities—to the point that Notre Dame now has the largest percentage of students studying abroad of any major research university in the nation.
p. •Construction, in addition to that previously mentioned, included the new Alumni Association offices and campus visitors’ facility in the Eck Center, the renovation of the Main Building, and the Warren Golf Course.
p. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, and development. The membership includes more than 2,900 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 42 other countries.
p. The CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program identifies and rewards excellence in the areas of alumni programming, fund-raising programs, institutional relations, electronic and new media periodicals, and publications.

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