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Hope College Launches
$85 Million Capital Campaign

Posted October 5, 2000

HOLLAND -- Hope College has launched the largest, most far-reaching single fund-raising effort in the college's history: a capital campaign intended to assure Hope's place as one of the nation's leading Christian liberal arts colleges as the new millennium unfolds.

The college's Board of Trustees announced the $85 million "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" capital campaign during its annual fall meeting, held on campus on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 5-6.

With projects ranging from the construction of two major academic buildings, to the renovation of several existing buildings, to building Hope's endowment, the campaign will provide support campus-wide.

"'Legacies: A Vision of Hope' will positively impact virtually every area of our campus community, both now and in the future," said Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College. "I'm very passionate about Hope, and I'm very excited about the campaign--not so much because of the opportunity to build buildings, but because of the opportunity to provide facilities that will enable students and faculty to perform at the very highest levels."

As of the public announcement, some $54,431,941, or 64 percent, of the campaign's goal had been raised, according to national chairs Peter Cook, Peter Huizenga and Philip Miller. Cook, Huizenga and Miller are also members of Hope's Board of Trustees.

"Legacies: A Vision of Hope" is organized around three primary components: construction of a new science center, which will include expanding and renovating the existing Peale Science Center; increasing the endowment; and building the Martha Miller Center for three departments and enhancing several other facilities.

The science center will double the current building, expanded to the west to include new classrooms, laboratories, and office and storage space. Peale Science Center, which is more than 25 years old, will be updated to better meet contemporary teaching and research needs.

The expanded building will continue to house the departments of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, the geological and environmental sciences, and psychology, with the department of nursing moving in from its cottage headquarters on 14th Street. The design will complement the college's on-going emphasis on collaborative student-faculty research as a teaching model, with the addition of interdisciplinary classroom space reflecting the way that the boundaries between disciplines continue to blur. The project will cost an estimated $36 million.

The endowment component is intended to provide on- going support for Hope programs. Currently, Hope's endowment ranks in the bottom half of the college's peer- school group. As two examples, while Hope had an endowment of $37,619 per student during 1999-2000, Kalamazoo College had $76,950 per student and Albion College had $97,800 per student.

Goals for additional endowment include scholarships; faculty research funds and chairs; support for the academic program, internships and the student development program; and funds for equipment needs and library resources. The $30 million sought through "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" is expected to generate some $2 million annually.

Although the Peale Science Center expansion is the largest single project of the campaign, it is only one of several.

The new Martha Miller Center will house the departments of dance, communication, and modern and classical languages, all of which have outgrown their current homes in the Dow Center, Lubbers Hall and Graves Hall respectively. Dow, Lubbers and Graves, in turn, will all be renovated to better serve both the departments and programs that will remain within them and the college generally. Work has started on the restoration and renovation of Dimnent Memorial Chapel to support its continued intense use not only as a place of worship, but as a classroom building and as a hall for lectures, concerts and other college gatherings.

In addition, the college will seek to acquire neighboring property for both green space and potential further development. The renovation and land acquisition components of the campaign are expected to total $19 million.

The campaign's priorities developed through the "A Vision of Hope" planning process initiated in 1996, during the presidency of Dr. John H. Jacobson. All members of the Hope constituency were invited to contribute their thoughts via mail or e-mail concerning the college's future, with follow-up meetings held on campus to shape the college's needs and the visioning suggestions into a plan for action.

"Legacies: A Vision of Hope" is already benefiting the campus in a variety of ways. In addition to the renovation of Dimnent Memorial Chapel, projects thus far include the addition of studio space and a studio organ to the Nykerk Hall of Music, completed this summer, and ongoing exterior work on Graves Hall. Thus far, the campaign has added three endowed faculty chairs and 41 endowed scholarship funds.

The college's most recent capital campaign was "Hope in the Future." Launched in January of 1992 with a $50 million goal, the campaign concluded on June 30, 1994, having raised $58.1 million.

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