Happy Spring! As I write this note to you, the magnolia trees in front of Shilling Hall are starting to bloom, and the Millikin campus is on spring break.
Students will return in a few days to the remaining activities of the spring semester, including the 10th annual Hollis Prize competition, two nationally known lecturers, the theatre and dance department's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Honors Convocation, the Day of Scholarship, spring athletic events and many, many more. These activities in and out of the classroom ensure we continue to deliver on the promise of education every day at Millikin University.
Part of that promise involves the ongoing support of our university's alumni and friends to guarantee that our students have the necessary facilities, scholarships, opportunities to study internationally and a whole myriad of other experiences to ensure their chances for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value.
Regarding that support, I have to say that our alumni and friends are simply amazing. Thanks to your continued generosity, our current $85 million capital campaign, Transform MU, has raised nearly $53 million in less than two years! Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped us reach the $50 million milestone a full nine months ahead of schedule. Your strong commitment to date clearly demonstrates the focus of this campaign: Giving Back, Moving Forward.
There is, of course, much yet to be done. Through this campaign, we will provide a new home for our internationally known theatre and dance program. We will give an academic home to exercise science and sport, one of our fastest growing programs, while also creating a new university center for the entire campus community. Football turf and lights at Frank M. Lindsay Field and enhancements to our soccer complex round out our facilities improvements. Meanwhile, we are also working to increase the number of scholarships available to deserving students and to provide faculty development funds for our outstanding faculty.
In the months ahead, I invite you to think about your own involvement in Transform MU. To achieve our dreams, and indeed to continue to offer the kind of Millikin education that builds the foundation for tomorrow's leaders, we need your support. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 217-424-6330 to talk about how your giving back helps Millikin keep moving forward.
Our campaign theme captures the hallmark of a Millikin education - that through their experiences at our university, our students are truly transformed. For those who aspire to achieve, Millikin builds the confidence to succeed for a lifetime. Through our unique and outstanding performance learning model of education, our students and alumni thrive.
My heartfelt thanks to all who continue to support Millikin. Please join us as we continue to Transform MU! ?