University launches $1.5 million track/soccer field mini-campaign

Campus leaders kickoff campaign with $150K in donations
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2012-01-03
HUNTINGTON, Ind.— A mini-campaign to build a new Huntington University track and soccer field is well under way with $150,000 in donations from leaders at the university. During the past few years, the track and soccer programs have grown to include more than 125 student athletes, creating a need for updated facilities.

The mini-campaign was launched in early December as a subset of the $21 million Together: The Campaign for Huntington University, and received a strong kickoff with gifts from the university’s senior leaders, capital campaign committee members and trustees.

“It is our hope that this project will re-energize the Together campaign and move us closer to completing the remaining campaign goal of $9 million,” said Vincent Haupert, vice president for advancement.

In addition, Forester athletes will be conducting a Phonathon during the week of Jan. 9 to draw support for the campaign. Donors may “buy” a meter of the track for $185 or a square yard of the soccer field for $70.

The mini-campaign to build a new track and soccer field is a part of the larger capital campaign to renovate Becker Hall; to build a new Studio Art Center; to expand the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex (MPERC); and to grow the University Fund and endowment. Through the “Together” campaign, $1.5 million is planned for digital and visual arts, $9.5 million for the MPERC and $3 million for the University Fund. An additional $2 million is planned to increase the university’s current endowment and $5 million is planned for deferred giving commitments.

To learn more about Huntington University’s Track/Soccer Field mini-campaign or to become a partner in the project, contact Vincent Haupert at 260-359-4089 or visit www.huntington.edu/advancement
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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