Oct. 11, 2012
Morningside College announced today that it is launching the public phase of a multiyear initiative to raise $50 million for facilities improvements, endowment and annual scholarship fund.
Morningside College President John Reynders said the college has already raised more than $30 million of the $50-million goal.
"This new campaign is the most ambitious fundraising effort in Morningside’s history and one of the largest capital campaigns ever started by a Sioux City organization,” Reynders said. “I’m grateful to the generous donors who made it possible for us to have reached 60 percent of our goal at this early stage.”
The “Vision 2020: Transformation II” campaign seeks to raise $18 million for construction of a new classroom building and academic advising center, remodeling the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center and renovating Eppley Auditorium and Dimmitt Residence Hall. During the campaign, Morningside also plans to raise $13 million for its endowment and $19 million for its annual scholarship fund.
The fundraising effort is scheduled to end in 2019 to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Morningside College’s founding.
James Walker, president and CEO of Heim & Walker in Wayzata, Minn., and a 1970 Morningside graduate, serves as chair of the Vision 2020 Campaign Steering Committee.
“Morningside achieved tremendous success raising more than $45 million during its last campaign, which literally transformed the college and the educational experiences of its students,” Walker said. “The Vision 2020 campaign will build on this momentum as we continue to transform Morningside into one of the best colleges in the Midwest.”
Walker said a top campaign priority is funding construction of an “academic village” that will include a new classroom building, an advising center and an outdoor plaza to visually link the new buildings with the college’s existing Learning Center and Walker Science Center. The Learning Center will be remodeled to create a new main entrance on the Hilker Campus Mall and to convert the second floor into a study lounge. Other construction projects include the first major renovation of Eppley Auditorium since the facility opened in 1966 and remodeling Dimmitt, Morningside’s oldest and largest student residence hall.
Other members of the campaign steering committee include Michael Bennett, president of Albaton Enterprises, LLC in Sioux City; Lucy Buhler of Edmonds, Wash., a 1956 Morningside graduate; Skip Perley, chairman and CEO of TEC Corp./Thompson Electric Company in Sioux City; Curtis White, chief procurement officer and senior vice president, worldwide logistics and international operations for Mattel Corporation in El Segundo, Calif., and a 1976 Morningside graduate; and Ronald Yockey, project engineer at Beef Products, Inc. in Dakota Dunes, S.D., and a 1970 Morningside graduate.
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