Addressing Colby's commitment to excellence, Adams said that resources
sought in this campaign will allow the College to sustain and expand
its tradition of curricular innovation. While the faculty-student bond
remains a hallmark of the Colby experience, Adams said, "Teaching and
learning have changed, and the requirements for facilities have
changed.— Student research offices and small-group work spaces are
needed, reflecting Colby's broad use of project-based learning and
research across the disciplines.
Reaching the World: A Campaign for Colby seeks to ensure that qualified students have access to the College. Above, students listen as Assistant Professor Otto Bretscher (mathematics) makes a point.
Adams talked about the role of the endowment, which will grow by
more than $100 million as a result of the campaign. He said that
changes in the world and changes in American higher education require
that colleges like Colby "are continually raising funds for endowment
and facilities.— Despite substantial gains in the size of its endowment
over the last decade, Colby was recently solicited to submit a grant
proposal as an "under-endowed— institution because its endowment still
lags behind many of its peers.
Michael Sinkus, president and CEO of the firm Marts & Lundy, an
advisor to the campaign, said Colby's initiative stands out among
hundreds of campaigns underway at various colleges and universities
because of how strongly rooted it is in the College's strategic plan.
"At Colby it's not just, 'give us money—we know what to do with it,'—
Sinkus said. He characterized Colby's fund-raising effort as an
extension of the detailed plan for growth in programs, facilities, and
the endowment adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2002.
Richard Ammons, vice president for college relations and Colby's
chief development officer, said that should be helpful in communicating
the College's mission and priorities to prospective donors, who are
under pressure to support a widening range of philanthropic causes as
more and more nonprofit organizations launch their own fund-raising
campaigns. As alumni/ae and other friends of the College decide among
competing requests for their support, they will have a pretty good idea
of what they're getting. Ammons imagines the key questions for donors
will be: "What will it do for students?— "What will those students do
for the world when they get out?— and "What can I do with my money
that's going to make the world better?—
While benefactors can address problems around AIDS or homelessness
by supporting clinics and shelters, he said, support for Colby is a
more elemental approach—one that gets to the root of these and other
social problems by developing scientists and economists and leaders who
can have a broad impact on a wide range of social challenges.