From IWU Magazine, Summer 2009
Campaign Highlights Five Major Goals
Transforming Lives has a goal of $125 million, with nearly eight in every 10 dollars going to build
the University’s endowment. Universities rely on their endowments as foundations of
institutional health. They support people and programs that set a college apart —
funding such areas as scholarship, research, study-abroad and internship programs
for students; attracting and retaining top faculty through professorships; and supporting
initiatives that enhance teaching and learning.
I. CREATING OPPORTUNITIES
– Endowment for students
$30 million is being sought to increase the number and amount of grants and scholarships awarded
to promising and deserving young scholars, so that the Wesleyan promise of meeting
financial need is kept alive.
II. SUPPORTING INSPIRED TEACHING
Endowment for the faculty
$20 million will be raised to support exceptional teaching and scholarship that have been hallmarks
of Illinois Wesleyan. The faculty endowment will increase the number of endowed chairs
and professorships, and provide support to attract young scholars and artists.
III. PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
– Endowment for excellence
$22 million will provide funds targeted to key priorities to increase opportunities for student-faculty
collaboration and enrich the academic experience in areas critical to student success,
such as writing, leadership and research.
IV. THE WESLEYAN FUND
$26 million in annual giving will be used to provide student financial aid, and support a broad
range of academic and co-curricular program needs. The Wesleyan Fund (Annual Fund)
goal is to increase the number of alumni giving from fewer than one in four to one
V. CAMPUS FACILITIES
$27 million is being sought to build:
- The Center for Instruction, a state-of-the-art building that replaces Shaw Hall and
will enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum. The new building will be
located on the site of Sheean Library.
- An expanded Theatre Arts Complex to replace McPherson Theatre. The new complex will
include a larger theatre and expand classroom and support facilities to better unify
the theatre arts programs, which are currently located in many different parts of
- New apartment-style student housing will be a priority, in order to respond to today’s
student housing preferences and appeal to juniors and seniors who have increasingly
chosen to move off campus.
The new Center for Instruction (as envisioned in the 2002 campus master plan).
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