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Class of 1963 alum to spearhead capital campaign

Thomas W. Mendham has been named national chair of Pride and Progress, the College’s $70 million capital campaign. The seven-year fundraising drive has raised $40 million since its kickoff in October 2000.

“I am proud to be involved with Pride and Progress, which has been enormously successful in its first two years,” says Mendham. “This campaign will keep Muhlenberg moving forward, maintaining the prestigious reputation it now enjoys.”

Mendham, a member of Muhlenberg’s Class of 1963, recently retired from his duties as first vice president and national marketing manager for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in Plainsboro, N.J. He is a trustee and vice chairman of the Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education and a trustee of the New Jersey Council for Economic Education. He also serves on the Board of Regents for Mercersburg Academy.

A trustee of Muhlenberg College, Mendham is chair of the development committee and serves on the executive committee. He served as chair of the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society from 1993-95 and was the national chair of the Muhlenberg Fund from 1995-98, and in 1999 received an Alumni Achievement Award. He and his wife, Harriet Worthington Mendham ’63, reside in Princeton, N.J. Their son, Tom, Jr., is a member of Muhlenberg’s Class of 1991.

“Tom provides the volunteer leadership that is necessary as we enter the second half of Pride and Progress,” says Tilghman Moyer, vice president for development and alumni relations. “His commitment and passion for the College combined with his understanding of today’s Muhlenberg will serve well to ensure the Campaign’s success. I look forward to working with Tom and all our volunteers as we surpass the goal of the largest fund raising initiative ever attempted at Muhlenberg College.” (See related story page 16)

A large percentage of the funds raised in the campaign for Muhlenberg are used for building projects and renovations, as well as for scholarships, financial aid and endowed professorships. Two new residence halls, Robertson and South Halls, were completed in December 2001, housing 140 students in suites of four single rooms. Each suite has a galley kitchen, bathroom and living area, with each building including two common social spaces for meetings and large activities.

A major renovation is planned for the Student Union and the Life Sports Center. The Union will gain major kitchen space, as well as additional space for student activities, academic support services, the Office of Career Development and Placement and more room for dining areas and meeting rooms. The Life Sports Center will be expanded, adding new recreation and fitness centers, additional locker rooms and coaches’ offices, and a new Health and Counseling Center.

Another one for the record books

Once again, the admissions process proves that Muhlenberg is the place to be as far as incoming freshmen are concerned, as the College set its ninth straight record for early decision applications. This year a total of 527 high school seniors applied early decision, up from last year’s impressive total of 517.

With another strong year on the admissions front, Muhlenberg solidified its position among “highly selective” colleges, enjoying a 35 percent acceptance rate for the second consecutive year.

Quality indices also jumped up this year. The all-inclusive combined SAT profile topped 1200 at 1201 (up from 1194 last year), and 38 percent of the incoming class comes from the top 10th of their high school class (up from 37 percent a year ago).

“The numbers are very good, but the people are even better,” says Christopher Hooker-Haring, dean of admission and financial aid. “This class will bring an energy and a range of extracurricular accomplishment in addition to strong numbers that will make the next four years an exciting time to be at the College.”

Overall, the Class of 2006 came in on target, with 547 first-year students embarking on their Muhlenberg journeys this fall.



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