Muhlenberg Launches Talents Campaign
May 1, 2008
More than 300 alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students attended the Campaign Kickoff Celebration on April 26, 2008 to publicly launch The Talents Entrusted to Our Care: The Campaign for Muhlenberg College.
The afternoon festivities included faculty/student workshops in biology, economics, media and communication, neuroscience, political science and theatre; a panel discussion on service learning at Muhlenberg that included faculty and students in business, psychology and Spanish and was moderated by Provost Marjorie Hass P'11; and student research displays in 13 academic disciplines.
Guests who attended the black-tie dinner in the John A. Deitrich '35 Field House enjoyed student remarks from Elizabeth Seavy '08 and Demetrai Tate '10; faculty remarks from Ed Baldrige, Professor Emeritus of history, and Joan Marx '77, Professor of Spanish; and remarks from the campaign leadership: President Randy Helm, Chairman of the Board Richard Brueckner '71, P'04, P'09, Senior Campaign Chair Thomas Mendham '63, P'91 and Campaign Co-Chairs Tammy Bormann '83 and Jeffrey Porphy '89.
The College has launched this comprehensive campaign to raise money for:
- Endowment ("The People Entrusted to Our Care")
- Capital Projects ("The Places Entrusted to Our Care")
- The Muhlenberg Fund ("The Experience Entrusted to Our Care")
Rich Brueckner announced the Campaign Goal of $105 million by June 30, 2010. President Helm reported that the College has already secured $82 million in gifts and commitments and announced that Muhlenberg recently received a gift of $7.2 million from the estate of Richard "Doc" D. Williams M.D. '39, the single largest gift given to the College by an individual. Guests then were treated to the film premiere of the Campaign DVD, The Talents Entrusted to Our Care, dubbed "a poem to Muhlenberg" by President Helm.
The evening also included a wide array of musical performances including the a capella groups InAcchord, The Muhlenberg AcaFellas and The Girls Next Door; a jazz quartet led by Ted Conner; the Muhlenberg College Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jeremy Slavin; and the Gospel Choir, under the direction of Rodwin Lowe, Leadership Gift Officer.
To view photos from the Kickoff event and the Campaign DVD, visit the Gallery page.