We have certainly had much to rejoice at “The Rock” with the outpouring of generosity during the Christmas season of 2015. We am delighted to share with you that a groundswell in year-end giving resulted in over $4.2 million in fourth-quarter gifts to the college.
Before the Christmas break of 2015, Roy, class of 1962, and Frances Simperman gave their support to the MIND BODY SPIRIT Campaign with a very generous gift of $500,000 to the Corette Library project. Shortly after that, Mr. Simperman decided to increase his gift to a total of $1,007,695 to create the Simperman Learning Commons as part of the library building.
The Learning Commons will provide an energizing environment where students can engage in a diverse array of learning activities. It is a place where students will gravitate between and after class for study and interaction. The Commons will provide space for both individual study and group collaboration, with the ultimate goal of facilitating a communal area for the exploration and exchange of ideas and information.
We are truly grateful for many other late December gifts to the MIND BODY SPIRIT Campaign, including a gift from the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation in the amount of $285,000 for the new chapel.
A number of end-of-year gifts were also received to enhance learning and teaching opportunities on campus including a grant in the amount of $355,153 from the Lilly Endowment to establish the St. Kateri Institute for Integrative Learning as part of their High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative. The initiative seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.
A $60,000 commitment by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation will fund the MiClassroom Pilot Project. This project will train and provide resources to faculty members, blending the best pedagogical practices with the most teacher-friendly and learning-centered technological tools.
In addition, Dr. Richard, class of 1966, and Sue Buswell provided $100,000 to establish the Sue A. Buswell Endowed Professorship in Nursing. As a member of the Carroll nursing faculty for 17 years, Sue Buswell is extremely proud of the department and its long tenure of preparing outstanding nurses, and is honored to have this professorship carry her name.
We couldn't be happier with and more grateful for the outpouring of generosity shown to the college through these gifts. This remarkable level of charitable giving demonstrates the faith and excitement that people have for the direction, vision and future of Carroll College.
Learn more at http://mindbodyspirit.carroll.edu.