kelley engineering center

In February generous gifts to OSU brought the campaign total to $908.6 million toward our $1 billion goal. Learn more about campaign progress.

The College of Engineering has the largest unit goal of the campaign — $200 million — and as of February 28, the college has secured 96% of this total. Donors have made a profound impact on the college's physical infrastructure, on its ability to attract and retain excellent faculty, and on the lives of its students.

Facilities: The January 2013 Monthly Campaign Update announced $20 million in commitments to construct a new educational and research facility in the College of Engineering. This includes $7 million from Rosalie and Peter Johnson '55, a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor, and $3 million in additional private funds, intended to be matched by state funds. Home primarily to the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, the new facility will house interdisciplinary groups of students and faculty working together to address important global problems that affect human health, energy, and the environment.

This is the college's third major facility project in The Campaign for OSU. In October 2005 the university celebrated the completion of Kelley Engineering Center (pictured): a new $45 million, 156,000-square-foot facility for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. May 2009 marked the grand opening of Kearney Hall after a $12 million renovation transformed the 100+-year-old Apperson Hall into a modern home for the university's civil and construction engineering program.

Faculty: Equally dramatic has been the impact of campaign donors on the college's faculty. When the campaign began, it had one endowed professorship and one endowed chair. Now it has 16 endowed faculty positions, and other campaign gifts support faculty research.

Students: Campaign donors have also made significant gifts providing support for engineering students. This update highlights the impact of scholarship gifts designed to provide great opportunities:

  • FOR STUDENTS: Hoffman Construction Scholarship
  • FOR OREGON: Garmin Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Scholarship
  • FOR THE WORLD: Gienger Commercialization Fund and Fellowship

As The Campaign for OSU heads into the final stretch, the fundraisers for the College of Engineering are leading efforts to engage new potential major gift donors. A popular maxim known as the 80-20 rule holds that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In contrast, during The Campaign for OSU to date, 84% of the total dollars raised have come from 1% of our donors – hence our "maniacal focus on major gifts."

Engineering development officers previously divided their work based on the different engineering disciplines. A new regionally focused approach will make it easier for them to connect in meaningful ways with greater numbers of alumni and other supporters, helping them identify the key partners and develop the relationships that will strengthen OSU engineering and the university for years to come. This change allows us to make the best use of resources while keeping our strategic focus on potential major gift donors.

--Courtesy of the OSU Foundation

Published Date: 
Monday, April 8, 2013