The $400 million Live Connected, Lead Change campaign is supporting bold initiatives to build on the College’s strengths, solidify its standing among the nation’s most outstanding undergraduate institutions, and position it for future success. As 2015 draws to a close, here are 10 reasons to celebrate the campaign’s progress and impact this year.

The Live Connected, Lead Change logo

A Banner Year

Gifts, pledges, and bequests total more than $280 million, a dramatic increase over the $236 million that had been raised as of the campaign’s public launch in November 2014.

Phil '60 and Bernice Bollman with Amelia Ayers '16 and Kyle Polinski-Frost '16.

Big Boost for Financial Aid

Support for financial aid since the start of the campaign topped $39 million in 2015. The goal is $60 million. Over half of Lafayette’s students are receiving assistance through the College’s financial aid program in 2015-16.

The outside of the Oechsle Center for Global Education

Global Education

The Oechsle Center for Global Education, made possible by the support of Trustee Emeritus Walter Oechsle ’57 and the late Christa Huber Oechsle, opened in January, bringing the College closer to its goal of incorporating a global perspective into every student’s educational experience.

The newest building in the Williams Arts CampusWilliams Arts Campus

The College’s newest academic building, completed in December, adds a black box theater and film screening room to facilities at the expanding Williams Arts Campus at the base of College Hill, where the campus meets downtown Easton. Other new facilities at the arts campus were in use throughout 2015.

Cindy Oaks Linville '80 and Jud Linville '79 (far right) with Cory Spera '15 and Wilbur "Billy" Oaks '51

Exceptional Generosity

The ranks of Lafayette’s most honored benefactors grew to 119 members with the induction of Philip D. ’60 and Bernice Bollman, Judson C. ’79 and Cynthia Oaks Linville ’80, and H. Lee Messner ’49 into the Société d’Honneur. The Société has welcomed 22 new members during the campaign.

A rendering of Lafayette's natatorium after improvements are made

A Big Splash

Plans were made this year for the College’s natatorium to undergo a dramatic transformation thanks to a lead gift from Mike ’70 and Jill Weinstein.

Fleck Consistent Giving Society bricks

Consistent Givers

The College celebrated the 10th anniversary of the The Fleck Consistent Giving Society, which has grown to more than 6,700 members, including 374 new members in 2014-15. The society recognizes alumni, parents, and friends who have given to the College for five consecutive years. Those who have given for 10 straight years are honored with a decorative brick, engraved with their name and class year, which is displayed on the Quad. Members of the 10 most recent graduating classes are inducted after three years and receive a brick after five years.

Alliance CommonsConnected Communities Residential Program

The 673 members of the first-year class became the first to participate in a new housing program, featuring five Commons, that gives students a platform for building identity within their class and forming smaller communities as the foundation for their college experience.

women's soccer players celebrate after a goal

Record Broken

Giving to the Maroon Club during the campaign reached more than $12.8 million toward a goal of $20 million to update and expand athletic facilities, endow coaching positions, fund scholarships for student-athletes, and more. This includes a record $1.76 million in 2014-15.

Lauren Sefcik Anderson '04, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, with Ashley Kaminski '13 in an Acopian Engineering Center lab

Research and Mentoring

More women engineering students will gain research experiences and mentoring beginning early in their college careers thanks to a grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program and support from Heidi Ludwick Hanson ’91 and Daniel Hanson.

The generosity of alumni, parents, and friends is enabling the College to enhance and improve every aspect of the Lafayette experience. The campaign is strengthening academic excellence through the addition of faculty positions, new and renovated facilities, resources for financial aid, and other initiatives. It is also dramatically enhancing residential, co-curricular, and extracurricular life on campus, and allowing the College to integrate students’ academic, social, and professional development in exciting new ways.