The total raised includes more than $26 million for the Leonard Center, the college's new athletic and wellness complex that opened in August, and $7.5 million for the Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC) building, which is under construction and will open in May 2009. The gifts committed to these facilities surpass fundraising goals.
"It is gratifying that donors were so ready to invest in both facilities that will benefit the entire campus community," President Brian C. Rosenberg said. "Completing these projects energizes our work towards the renovation of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, now our top fundraising priority."
President Rosenberg said the campaign is ahead of pace, and that greater numbers of alumni and friends are stepping up to accept responsibility and ownership for the well-being of Macalester. "I am especially pleased that over $23 million has already been committed toward financial aid endowment." The campaign continues through May 2011.
The announcement took place at a dinner in the Alumni Gymnasium of the new Leonard Center. The program featured the debut of a new film called The World Stage, live remarks by students and others, and a musical performance by Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness.
· Visit the Step Forward website
Step Forward launch events will be held in the following cities.
Thursday, Oct. 23 - 6 p.m.
University Club of Chicago
Tuesday, Nov. 11 - 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 - 6:30 p.m.
The City Club of San Francisco
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 - 11 a.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2009 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6 p.m.
The Space Needle
Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7 p.m.
To attend any of these Step Forward events, email Karlyn Wegmann.
Weekend of activities launches campaign
More than 1,500 alumni, friends, faculty, students, and staff participated in Macalester's two-day Step Forward Celebration Friday and Saturday, October 10 & 11. The weekend began with an all-college party in the Leonard Center Friday evening. Saturday featured showcases of student work, dedication of the new Leonard Center, a picnic, and the dinner where the official campaign announcement was made.
Winners from video competition announced
Winning entries in the Step Forward video competition were featured at Macalester's all-college Step Forward Celebration Friday evening, Oct. 10.
|A Macalester Madrigal
by Matthew Ecklund '09
John Koenig '06
|Petri Dish by Alison Kim '09
||The Perfect Macalester Videoby Martin Mudry '09
A judging panel made up of alumni, faculty and staff selected the winning videos. Matthew Ecklund '09 won Best Student Video ($5,000); Alison Kim '09, Most Creative Student Video ($2,500); Martin Mudry '09, Most Humorous Student Video ($2,500); and John Koenig '06, Best Alumni Video ($2,500).
· Watch the winning videos