The University Record, April 15, 1997

LSA surpasses $110 million campaign
fundraising goal

By Deborah Gilbert
News and Information Services

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A) surpassed its five-year Campaign for Michigan fundraising goal of $110 million on April 3.

Edie Goldenberg photoThe success of the campaign is "unprecedented," says LSA Dean Edie N. Goldenberg. "To the best of our knowledge, no other public liberal arts college has ever met so large a fund-raising goal. We are extremely grateful to the nume rous individuals, foundations and corporations who have made gifts, large and small, to the campaign."

The total raised as of April 7 was $110,306,393. More than 54,000 individuals contributed $71 million to the LS&A campaign, and 1,078 corporations and private organizations contributed $12.3 million. More than 420 foundations contributed $26 .7 million.

"Gifts from the faculty also have been an important element in our successful campaign," Goldenberg adds. "Faculty contributed not only through the Faculty Fund ($600,000) but they have contributed nearly $8 million in gifts and be quest intentions. A generous faculty gift also will endow the Frederick and Lois Gehring Chair in Mathematics."

The gifts will support undergraduate education and LS&A's wide-ranging Undergraduate Initiative, which seeks to enhance the undergraduate experience. The funds will support, among many other things:

 

Endowed scholarships ($8.5 million) and off-campus study awards ($800,000) for undergraduates and graduate student fellowships ($9 million).

 

At least 20 new professorships.

 

Ten faculty awards for outstanding teaching and research.

 

Tisch Hall, the new humanities building, named in honor of alumnus Preston Robert Tisch, who made a gift of $6 million.

 

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program ($3.2 million), in which some 700 first- and second-year students conduct research with some 400 faculty.

 

The new Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center (nearly $5 million), named for the late editor and publisher of U. Magazine.

 

The Institute for the Humanities, which now has a larger endowment than any other such institute in the country.

 

Priceless artifact preservation efforts in the Kelsey Museum of Archeology.

 

Outreach activities such as the Department of Psychology's Detroit Initiative and the Saturday Morning Physics Program.

 

Improvements to the Geology Camp in Wyoming.

 

Computer upgrades in English, mathematics and psychology, and research funds across the sciences.

 

The development of multi-media tools in the humanities, through a gift from Time Warner Inc.