Culver-Stockton enjoys most generous December in five years

Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 7:54 am Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 11:15 am

CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College says the charitable donations it received in December represent the highest December total in five years and the second-highest in a decade.

The college, which will celebrate its 160th anniversary on Monday, reported that giving for the month exceeded $647,000, a 35 percent increase from December 2011.

"Alumni and friends made December a great month for C-SC, and our college community is most grateful," said Eric Barkley, vice president for advancement and alumni programs. "It tells us that people like the direction our college is going."

Barkley attributed the increase in donations to C-SC's fundraising campaign, "A Vision for Our Future," which runs through June 2014.

The campaign's goal is to raise $10.4 million to enhance the student experience and support enrollment growth through development in five key areas -- student scholarships, a stronger endowment, campus beautification and paving, renovations to the Carl Johann Memorial Library and the addition of a recreation and wellness center.

Richard Valentine, C-SC's president, said the college has been successful because of the loyal support of alumni and friends and the "commitment to excellence" by faculty and staff.

"We have big dreams, and it is exciting to watch them become a reality," he said.

The school plans to celebrate its anniversary by declaring Monday "National Blue Day." All alumni and friends of the college are encouraged to wear blue.

On Jan. 28, 1853, the Missouri Legislature approved the charter for a Disciples of Christ-affiliated school, Christian University. In 1918, the school was renamed Culver-Stockton College to honor major donors, Mary Culver and Robert Stockton.

The school has also seen historic events and landmark achievements. C-SC was the first school west of the Mississippi River to be chartered specifically for co-education, and it also boasts the oldest fraternity west of the river. Honored campus visitors are Eleanor Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. More than 25,000 students have graduated from C-SC.

Festivities scheduled Monday on campus include a birthday cake for the school and a photo of all current students. There are also events planned throughout the course of the year to commemorate the anniversary.