by Peg Luy '75, Vice President for Alumni & Development
Today was an exciting day in Millikin's history!
Today we announced the launch of the $85 million Transform MU capital campaign. It is a campaign that has the potential to transform the university that has transformed so many lives.
This campaign will revitalize the east side of Millikin's campus, as well as make significant advances in creating new student scholarships, increasing endowment and faculty development funds, and improving infrastructure.
Three campus buildings will be transformed by this campaign.
1. Our Richards Treat University Center (RTUC) is long overdue for an upgrade. It was built in the late 1970s to serve a campus population half the size of today's student body. Architects have determined that it will actually be less expensive to rebuild than to renovate, and I am excited about the prospect of a new center that will be a welcoming front door for the campus and visitors.
2. Griswold Physical Education Center, which was completed in 1970, will gain a much-needed expansion to serve one of our fastest-growing departments: exercise science and sport. Nearly 200 majors will be served by this new facility.
3. Another of the buildings we are hoping to re-energize with new life is the historic Old Gym, which hosted one of the first state basketball tournaments in Illinois. This building holds fond memories for many of our alumni, some of whom played basketball there themselves or ran the old running track that encircled the gym. Our theatre and dance department, which currently uses the Old Gym for storage and a dance studio, will find a new home to cherish for future generations of students in the renovated Old Gym and its accompanying expansion.
These building projects are just three of the most visible elements of a campaign that promises to further enhance our ability to provide a student educational experience that is truly transformational. Time and time again, our alumni tell us how their Millikin experiences have changed their lives by giving them the confidence to succeed, no matter what life may bring. It's an ever-constant reminder of how the work we do here helps our students go out and impact our world for the better -- for all of us!