Tri States Public Radio Staff
Tue June 26, 2012
Culver-Stockton College Fundraising
Culver-Stockton College is looking for help in improving its campus and stabilizing its future.
President Dick Valentine says it has been 21 years since C-SC conducted a capital campaign.
He says the timing is right based on the amount of work to do around its campus in Canton, MO.
The Board of Trustees agreed to begin the “silent” phase of the capital campaign last year. The result has been more than $8-million dollars raised.
Valentine says that leaves roughly $2-million to raise over the next two years.
“Campaigns are built on momentum,” says Valentine. “I think we have so much to talk about and so much momentum going for us that will make us successful in the future and down the road.”
Valentine says the money that has been raised, to this point, is already being used to renovate the library and to build a pedestrian trail through campus.
He says other uses will be various beautification projects, a scholarship program and the college’s endowment.
The class of 2012 is the first to leave C-SC with 4 years of experiential learning.
President Valentine says the school changed its curriculum in 2008 to better accommodate how students learn today.
The college moved from standard 15-week semesters to a 12-week session with a 3-week experiential learning class.
Valentine says the 3-week session allows for an internship or a research opportunity anywhere in the United States or around the world.
Valentine says just last year, students worked or studied in New Orleans, Ireland, England and France.
He says the college plans to market the program more to try to boost enrollment, which has remained steady in recent years.