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Juniata College Launches $70 Million Campaign

(Posted April 15, 2000)

For nearly 125 years, Juniata has not only provided students with a world-class education, but has instilled in its graduates a commitment to create uncommon outcomes in their lives and in the world in which they live. Today, Juniata kicked off a five year, $70 million campaign that promises to continue in that tradition of excellence by creating scholarships, faculty endowments and – most visibly – new facilities on campus that will raise the quality of education at Juniata to even higher levels.

"Juniata’s success has been due, in large measure, to the uncommon vision and uncommon commitment of its friends, alumni, faculty and staff," said Juniata President Thomas R. Kepple Jr. "It has adapted and prospered from its founding by reform-minded members of the Church of the Brethren. As we look to the future, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the history of the college. This campaign will do more than keep us competitive with other institutions, it will move us far ahead of them."

The campaign – Uncommon Outcomes, The Campaign for Juniata College – will provide for the new $20 million William J. von Liebig Center for Science, a large addition to Oller Hall and extensive renovations to the college’s historic Founders Hall and Brumbaugh Science Center. The campaign also will create scholarships and endowments to make sure students can afford the high-quality education that the Juniata faculty provide.

The campaign focuses on six priorities: The Juniata Fund, The Campaign for Excellence in Science, The Campaign for The 125th Anniversary, The Campaign for The Arts, The Campaign for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and The Campaign for The Future. Each has goals that are uncommon visions. Those uncommon visions are attainable because of the commitment of those who believe in Juniata’s mission.

UNCOMMON OUTCOMES – By the numbers....

Funding the Priorities:

The Juniata Fund
$7,000,000

The Campaign for Excellence in Science
$30,875,000

The Campaign for The 125th Anniversary
$3,000,000

The Campaign for The Arts
$7,750,000

The Campaign for Entrepreneurial Leadership
$12,250,000

The Campaign for The Future
$9,125,000

Goal $70,000,000

· The Juniata Fund provides for the day-to-day operating expenses of the college. From financial aid for deserving students, to maintaining the buildings in which students live, to subsidizing faculty salaries, the Fund is the college’s life force, touching every student, every day. The goal of The Juniata Fund is to provide $1 million a year for seven years.

· For decades, Juniata has been recognized for its uncommon strength in the sciences. The Campaign for Excellence in Science will allow the faculty and students to continue the work that has earned that well-deserved reputation.

More than 30 percent of the 75,000 square-foot William J. von Liebig Center for Science will be devoted solely to areas where faculty and students can continue working hand-in-hand. The $20 million building will house the college’s biology and chemistry programs. Juniata students will be introduced to the latest technology and equipment including laboratories for cell and tissue culture, atomic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chromatography as well as a biological separations room. The building, to be located between Founders Hall and Lesher and South dorms, also will contain a 125-seat lecture hall, computer labs, classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty and secretarial offices, study lounges, a darkroom and other support spaces. The building will be two stories high at the front and three stories high at the rear (17th Street) due to the slope of the land. The college has already received an $18 million gift from the William J. von Liebig Foundation that will allow construction to begin. Site clearance for the von Liebig center is scheduled to begin Summer 2000 with construction completed in Fall 2002.

In addition to the balance of the funds needed for the science center, The Campaign for Excellence in Science also will raise $5 million for the Raystown Field Station. Improvements there may include construction of dorm and research spaces to allow faculty members and students to live and learn on site.

This campaign also will provide funds for a faculty chair, faculty development and research, and other science initiatives.

A total of $30.8 million is needed for The Campaign for Excellence in Science.

· Founders Hall, built in 1879 and Juniata’s most visible link to the past, has endured for 121 of the college’s 124 years. On April 17, 2001, the college will celebrate 125 years. Those years have taken their toll on Founders Hall. The building needs to be restored structurally so that the top two floors can again be used and the administration of the college can be brought under one roof. Plans also include a student services cluster that will be accessed through a new north porch. Founders Hall’s south entrance will be restored and the reception area will be renovated. Other improvements will include facilities for full accessibility by those with disabilities, central heating and air conditioning. The Campaign for The 125th Anniversary will provide $3 million for those important projects.

· Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall is the only large space Juniata has to stage major performances and events. Because the demand for performance space has greatly increased, The Campaign for The Arts will create a new Performing Arts Center. Oller Hall will be renovated to provide superior acoustics and lighting, air conditioning, a new lobby and the addition of a "black box" theatre, a more intimate and more flexible performing space that allows the relationship between actors and audience to change for each production. The cultural events Juniata will be able to host will greatly enhance both the college and the Huntingdon community. The Campaign for The Arts will raise $7.7 million for those building projects, for scholarships and faculty endowments as well as funds to increase the collections of the Juniata College Museum of Art.

· More and more, students are using their Juniata education to enter the competitive business world. Juniata is launching The Campaign for Entrepreneurial Leadership to ensure that it provides the tools students need to make the most of themselves in today’s technologically advanced business world. The relocation of the biology and chemistry departments to the William J. von Liebig Center for Science will free 54,000 square feet of academic space in the current Brumbagh Science Center. The Campaign for Entrepreneurial Leadership will allow for the reconfiguration of the south wing of the center that will ultimately house the new Center For Entrepreneurial Leadership. In addition to other facilities, the new wing will house the Information Technology Program in a flexible, technologically enhanced environment. The center will also help students to start and run their own businesses, using the center as an incubator. About $4.3 million was given to the college by an anonymous couple for this campaign. In all, $12.25 million will be raised for the new center, endowed positions in the new Information Technology Department, seed funds for and Entrepreneurial Venture Capital program, faculty research and development, and scholarships.

· The Campaign for The Future will ensure that endowment contributions are in place that will continue to provide gifts that will last forever. This principal in the college’s investment portfolio continues to generate income to make sure Juniata can provide scholarships and endowments. In all, The Campaign for The Future will raise more than $9 million.

"This is a campaign that will allow us to continue to take uncommon students and give them an uncommon education that will lead them into productive and rewarding lives and careers," Kepple said. "It is a campaign that will create leaders prepared for the incredibly complicated, technically enabled, and globally interconnected world of the 21st century."

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.