Campaign Brings More Than $50 million to Hanover College

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After opening the 2014-2015 academic year with the second largest enrollment in its history, and a newly-renovated $6 million residence hall, Hanover College revealed the results of its successful capital campaign that generated more than $50 million in new philanthropic assets.

Hanover College President Sue DeWine announces the success of the Live Our Loyalty Campaign Friday, Sept. 19 at a celebration dinner on campus.

The results of this campaign are remarkable and will go a long way toward strengthening Hanover College for the future.

After opening the 2014-2015 academic year with the second largest enrollment in its history, and a newly-renovated $6 million residence hall, Hanover College revealed the results of its successful capital campaign that generated more than $50 million in new philanthropic assets. Hanover President Sue DeWine made the announcement Saturday, Sept. 20, during the College’s Homecoming celebration.

Since its inception in July 2010, the Live Our Loyalty campaign has raised $54,900,304 in gift assets from nearly 5,000 donors, more than 3,000 of whom are alumni. Faculty and staff participated at an unprecedented rate of 71 percent.

The results of the four-year campaign will strengthen Hanover’s liberal arts education through support for academics, expanding student social activities, improving experiences for student-athletes, supporting talented students with scholarships and increasing the number of students studying abroad. Hanover’s Live Our Loyalty campaign was the result of a comprehensive planning process that established ambitious targets for recruitment and retention for a six-year period that ends in 2015.

“The results of this campaign are nothing less than remarkable,” said Hanover College President Sue DeWine. “Not only did we have 100 percent participation among multiple constituent groups, 80 percent of the total is already in hand. This will go a long way toward strengthening the College for the future and improving our students’ experiences.”

In addition to $10 million that will create an endowment for scholarships and study abroad opportunities, the political science department received a nearly $3.2 million gift from the estate of James T. McManaman, a member of the Hanover class of 1939. The gift is the largest individual gift received during the campaign.

“The campaign was designed to enrich the lives of students at Hanover, and it really has touched their lives in so many ways,” said Marabeth Levett, who chaired the campaign with her husband Mark, who is the new chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “By that standard alone you could say the campaign was a success, no matter how much money was raised.”

Capital improvements made up a significant portion of campaign dollars. The most notable is the $7 million outdoor athletic complex that boasts a new stadium, press box, offices for the coaching staff and training room for treating athletes.

“Having the new stadium has a positive effect on myself and the team every day,” said senior Caleb Williams. “I hope the teams to come don't take it for granted, because those of us who have been in both know the transformation is a night and day difference. It creates a more cohesive and encouraging environment for the entire team.”

The Zeddies Tennis Center, made possible by a gift from Michael and Judy Zeddies features eight courts with an adjacent lighted pavilion for gatherings and events. The center was completed in 2012.

Funds were also used to renovate the softball and baseball facilities with new press boxes, bleachers and scoreboards, along with improvements to the dugouts. Soccer received new bleachers, team benches ball net and scoreboard.

In May 2013, Hanover dedicated Ward and Jo Ann Withrow Student Activity Center, made possible by a gift from Jo Ann Flubacher Withrow, a member of the Hanover class of 1963. Located on the ground floor of the Brown Campus Center , the space features a computer lab, pool tables, a study area, craft room, a movie viewing area and meeting space.

That fall, Campus Center dining room opened after a $1 million transformation, sponsored by Sodexo. Wall were removed near the food service lines to allow for more space and opening the offices near the area to account for the extra space added to the food service lines.

The Ken and Kendal Gladish Teaching and Learning Center, made possible by a gift from Ken Gladish, a member of the Hanover class of 1974, and his wife Kendal Hegamaster Gladish, a member of the Hanover class of 1975, opened in the Duggan Library. Hanover dedicated the new facility during its Homecoming celebration in 2013.

“Current students are very impressed with the amount of alumni support,” said senior Derek Bast. “It gives us a better sense how committed they are, and how Hanover is moving forward.”

The cost of the campaign was two percent of the total funds raised. Typically, the costs associated with fundraising campaigns are five to 10 percent of the total.

During the 2014 event, Hanover also hosted an open house to celebrate the $6 million renovation of Lynn Hall into a residence hall that houses 72 students. The building also contains classrooms and office space, utilized by the Career Center, the Office of Experiential Learning and the Study Abroad Office.

Located on 650 acres overlooking the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana, Hanover is a premier, nationally ranked liberal arts institution that has core strengths in the sciences, education and business. Founded in 1827, Hanover is the oldest private, four-year college in Indiana.

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