Thank you for your Oct. 3 coverage of Institutional Advancement’s two-day gala, celebrating the 175th anniversary of Hillsdale College, the dedication of Christ Chapel, and the public launch of our capital campaign, the Four Pillars: 175 Years of Learning, Character, Faith, and Freedom.
The campaign goals represent the College’s ambitious plans and priorities for the near future and beyond, and they directly affect you — our students, faculty, and staff. Institutional Advancement is already hard at work to raise:
· $260,200,000 for student scholarships
· $121,650,000 for program endowments, including faculty chairs, online courses, master’s degree programs
· $103,300,000 for capital projects, including athletic facilities, shooting sports facilities, an archive addition to the library
· $201,700,000 for general operations, which support the daily operational needs of the College
Thank you to the hundreds of students and the staff and faculty who worked so hard to make the gala a success. They worked at registration, served meals, gave tours, and presented at informational breakout sessions. They provided dramatic and musical performances. They hauled supplies back and forth across campus. Our chef and the staff of Bon Appetit, Anna and Blake, provided wonderfully delicious food for seven meals and four receptions. Over 800 guests came to our campus and they were amazed by your hospitality and joyful service.
I want to recognize Professor James Holleman for the terrific choral and orchestral selections, and to the Hillsdale College Choirs and the Symphony Orchestra for their excellent performances. Thank you Denise Willard, my co-worker on the Four Pillars Campaign, and to the College’s incredible Special Events team, Jackie Linebrink, Gina Bloom, Barbie Keiser, Ashley Sallows, and Fiona Shea, who made the event happen.
Nearly 4,000 individuals made contributions to build Christ Chapel — it would not exist without them. Allowing hundreds of donors to be present for its dedication was a generous act of stewardship on the College’s part. We, in the college community, will have this precious place available to us every day, for prayer, worship, and sacred music performances. We are richly blessed.
The Student Activities Board is planning a special Christmas celebration called Founding Fest on Dec. 7 that will be open to students, faculty, and staff, including faculty and staff children. We are honored to make a financial contribution to this event from the Four Pillars Campaign as our way of showing gratitude to this generous college community that made room for 850 visitors and made them all feel so welcome.
Nancy Johnson is the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement.