By ALYSE THOMPSON
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College has concluded its three-year fundraising campaign last month by raising $3 million more than the original goal and setting two records in the process.
The campaign, "A Vision for Our Future," was launched in July 2011 as the college's first major fundraising push in more than two decades. It came to a close June 30 with a total of $13.5 million received. The college's objective was to secure $10.4 million to bolster its endowment, boost its student scholarship fund, beautify the campus, rejuvenate the Carl Johann Memorial Library, and build a campus recreation center.
"These are really exciting times at Culver-Stockton College," said C-SC President Kelly Thompson, who succeeded President Emeritus Richard Valentine July 1. "I'm extremely grateful for the generosity of our alumni and friends and (am) really looking forward to their continued engagement and support."
In the initiative's final year, the college received $4.1 million in donations, the most gifted to the institution in any fiscal year. Former students contributed 21 percent of the total donations, the highest level of alumni giving in Culver-Stockton's history. The college, apart from Title IV student aid, does not request or accept state and federal funds.
College officials announced in May that the campaign had at that point brought in $13.05 million. Eric Barkley, C-SC vice president for advancement and alumni programs, said their excitement grew with the end of the fiscal year in June.
"The momentum, the feeling of just great things being ahead for this college, and especially for students, ... is amazing," Barkley said.
Renovations to the Carl Johann Memorial Library are nearly finished and include a new circulation desk, updated technology, more computer lab space and a coffeehouse called the Lab. Barkley said additional work will be completed this summer.
He added that architectural designs for the campaign's capstone project, a $3.5 million Recreation and Wellness Center, should be available for final review in coming weeks. A March groundbreaking marked the start of work on the multi-use facility, which will feature tennis courts, basketball courts and fitness equipment.
Thompson and Barkley said continuing to enrich the "student experience" is one of Culver-Stockton's goals.
"We have numerous buildings on campus, and being able to increase the comfort of those facilities, as well as making sure that the entire campus is technologically adept -- those are important pieces of the experience," Thompson said.