Mesa State kicks off $5.7 million campaign
Mesa State College’s latest fundraising campaign already has collected more than $2.9 million in a bid to get $5.7 million for various campus departments.
The Legacy Campaign was launched in January, but campaign co-chairmen Herb Bacon and Dean Massey, both former bankers, and Home Loan President and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Hamilton officially went public with the campaign during a news conference Tuesday morning at the college.
The campaign aims to set up endowments of $250,000 to $1 million for the college’s art, biological sciences, business, engineering, health sciences, kinesiology, music, physical and environmental sciences, and social and behavioral sciences departments. The departments will be able to use money made from investing the campaign dollars for everything from bringing speakers to the college to buying microscopes, Mesa State President Tim Foster said.
“This is a way to find support irrespective of what’s going on externally” with higher-education funding, Foster said. “It gives (departments) the ability to plan and be strategic.”
The campaign includes $500,000 endowment goals for athletics and a to-be-created speakers bureau that would bring high-caliber orators to campus.
The campaign plans to set aside a $1 million endowment for a Montrose Mesa State campus renovation project.
Hamilton said the campaign will help ensure small class sizes and quality education as the college continues to grow.
“This is the best time to do it, and we’re excited about it,” Hamilton said.
Bacon added the campaign intends to make sure growth continues at the school, both in enrollment and what departments can offer.
“It’s like a marathon. We can’t stop now. We got to keep moving,” Bacon said.
Events associated with the campaign will begin next month with an art reception geared toward raising money for the art endowment April 7 at the Art Center.
An engineering expert will speak at the college April 12 during a fundraiser for the engineering department endowment, and money will be raised for the speakers bureau endowment April 20 when Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream speaks at the college.