The Mankato Free Press
---- — MANKATO — Minnesota State University has successfully raised the $77.8 million needed for the “Big Ideas” campaign on campus.
The record-setting amount was the culmination of the largest comprehensive campaign in the history of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
The original goal was to raise $75 million for student scholarship programs, student-faculty research opportunities and capital projects. The campaign was publicly announced in October 2011, when $57 million already had been raised during the silent phase, which had begun in 2006.
In fewer than two years, more than $20.8 million additional funds was raised.
Some of the funds have been dedicated to:
• Opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on research in the emerging fields of renewable and alternative energy sources at the university’s Centers for Renewable Energy and Automotive Research.
• Opportunities for education majors to study worldwide, from the United States to Australia to the United Arab Emirates.
• The Nadine B. Andreas Endowment in Arts and Humanities, established in 2007 by the Andreas family. The Andreas Endowment brings big-name artists and thought leaders to campus for tranformational learning experiences.
• The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, the Becky Taylor Doctoral Fellowship in Nursing and The Glen Taylor Family and Society Endowed Nursing Faculty Chair, established in 2009 by alumnus Glen and Becky Taylor. The Glen Taylor Institute, Becky Taylor Fellowships and Taylor Family Endowed Chair seek to dramatically change the family nursing experience for Minnesotans, the nation and the world.
• Startup funding for the College of Business Global Solutions Center and the Integrated Business Experience program. When fully funded, the new center will let students and faculty collaborate across disciplines to provide real-world solutions for global problems.
More information on the Big Ideas Campaign, visit www.mnsu.edu/bigideascampaign/.