U of I kicks off fundraising campaign

U of I kicks off fundraising campaign

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by Natalie Podgorski

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 27 at 10:20 AM

MOSCOW -- The University of Idaho is trying to raise $225 million, and it's the largest university fundraising campaign ever in the state of Idaho.

Already, the school is more than halfway to meeting its goal. The U of I is calling the new capital campaign 'Inspiring Futures: Invest in the University of Idaho.'

"That [the campaign] will allow us to attract some of the best and the brightest from our state," said Duane Nellis, University of Idaho President.

The university has been working on the silent part of the capital campaign since 2007. Donors have given the U of I more than $161 million.

"They want to give back," Nellis said of the donors.  "But they also want to move the institution forward."

The campaign will end in 2014. That means the university has the next two years to raise more than $63 million.

The university will be using the $225 million in four different areas, catalyzing student success, leading innovation and discovery, creating distinction and impact through enterprise partnerships and building a world-class learning environment.

$54 million will go toward scholarships for students and graduate fellowships.

$63 million to attract gifted faculty to the university and make sure the current staff stay with the U of I.

$46 million will be used to grow and strengthen partnerships the university has with businesses and research organizations.

The remaining $62 million will go to build and upgrade classrooms, laboratories, and performance halls.

"It inspires an exciting future for our students, it is truly transformative the experience they have here," said Nellis.

Students are excited to see the university investing in their future.

"Our generation is going to be the one that is in charge soon," said Marlena Warner, a psychology and biochemistry major. "We want to make sure that qualified, educated people with drive are the ones doing it."

President Nellis says the campaign is also meant to inspire professors.

"We have some of the most outstanding faculty in our region and we want to keep them here and so we need more endowed professorships and endowed distinguished chair positions," said Nellis.

The University has a long way to go before they meet their goal but early success has them inspired about their future.

The capital campaign will end in 2014, the 125th anniversary of the university's founding.

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