- When did Southern Utah University launch its university-wide fundraising campaign?
- What is the campaign goal?
- What must be done to make SUU the best public/private liberal arts and sciences university?
- What must be done for SUU to be a model for all of higher education in its approach to the public/private mission?
- What are the campaign priorities?
- What are the specific funding needs for students?
- What are the specific funding needs for faculty?
- What are the specific needs for facilities?
- Why is increased Annual Fund giving important to the campaign’s success?
- When will the campaign come to the regions?
- How can donors support the campaign?
- Can gifts made to the campaign be directed to a specific college, unit, or program?
- How can I make a gift?
- Can my individual gift really make a difference when the campaign has such a large goal?
- What will be the impact of a successful SUU campaign?
- Who at SUU can I contact for help and information?
When did Southern Utah University launch its university-wide fundraising campaign?
"The Future is Rising…The Campaign for Southern Utah University" was launched publically at a campus celebration in Cedar City on September 16, 2011.
- Ensure ample funds for financial aid
- Provide opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research and field-based learning
- Ensure basic undergraduate courses are taught by distinguished senior faculty
- Sustain initiatives to integrate the living-learning SUU experience
- Provide state-of-the art facilities that will enable students to learn in the best environment
- Have the resources to recruit and retain the best and brightest students
- Create the best on-campus living and learning environment for students
- Make public service and civic engagement integral to our students' educational experience
- Secure the resources to recruit and retain the best teaching faculty
- Ensure the best possible learning environment for students through state-of-the-art facilities
What are the campaign priorities?
The Campaign for Southern Utah University will help the university meet its goals by raising funds to support students, with a focus on scholarship support and financial aid; to recruit the next generation of faculty; and to renew and build facilities for 21st century teaching, learning, and research.
Key areas of focus are:
- Increasing available financial aid to ensure recruitment and retention of the best students
- Transforming the undergraduate living and learning experience by providing the best on campus living environment for students
- Expanding students’ learning opportunities across disciplinary lines through the SUU Experiential Education Requirement and greater access to undergraduate research
- Advancing the academic stature of faculty through increased access to and interaction with peers at other institutions
- Preserving and enhancing our leadership in the areas of the arts and health sciences
- Deepening our community outreach relationships
- Endowed scholarships for undergraduate and professional students
- Funds to increase undergraduate research and field-based learning
- Funds to complete and sustain the Residential Campus Experience
- Funds to sustain the SUU Experiential Education Requirement as part of the SUU Experience
- Endowed chairs and professorships, which help us recruit and retain superior faculty
- Program support to advance key interdisciplinary initiatives
- Program endowment to support library acquisitions and the digitization of library collections
- Funding to create opportunities for ongoing training and education for faculty
- Funding to provide faculty with the technology and equipment necessary to teach students prepared to excel in today’s graduate and work environments
- Utah Shakespeare Festival’s new theatre to replace the existing Adams Memorial Outdoor Theatre.
- Southern Utah Museum of Art, a new museum and gallery to replace the outdated Braithwaite Gallery and provide a new home for the Jim Jones collection
- The new Center for Health & Molecular Sciences that will create a new home for the nursing department, as well as research and lab space critical to our continued success in the pre-health sciences education
- A new Dixie Leavitt Business Building to replace the current outdated facility
- New and modernized Athletics Facilities
- Property Acquisitions that will enable the campus to continue growth along its south border
- A new Indoor Riding Arena
Why is increased Annual Fund giving important to the campaign’s success?
Like tuition and endowment income, the Annual Fund supports all the essential components of the university’s mission. By meeting the campaign goal of doubling Annual Fund giving, we will give the deans, directors, and provost an unprecedented resource to meet the needs of colleges and units on a day-to-day basis and to respond to new opportunities. For example, Annual Fund gifts may bring a noted speaker to campus, purchase library books, repair or upgrade laboratory equipment. In addition, they have long-term value because they can provide start-up support for new endowed professorships; additional funds for financial aid; or seed funds to launch new initiatives.
When will the campaign come to the regions?
Campaign celebrations in select cities will begin in winter 2012 and continue throughout the campaign. Major regional events will occur in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, with smaller events designed to complement the SUU presence in other areas such as New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
How can donors support the campaign?
By making gifts in support of the campaign priorities—endowed scholarships and professorships; facilities; the SUU Experience; Community Engagement initiatives; and continuing their support of the Annual Fund.
How can I make a gift?
The easiest way to make a cash gift is through a secure online transaction at www.suu.edu/giving. You may also send a check payable to Southern Utah University to:
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
Campaign commitments may be completed over a period of up to five years. Gifts of cash and securities, stock shares, mutual fund shares, and bonds can be applied to the campaign. SUU’s gift planning office can work with you to discuss how the university can be included in financial and estate plans to support the campaign, provide substantial tax benefits, and maximize charitable giving. Gifts to the campaign are tax deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code.
Can my individual gift really make a difference when the campaign has such a large goal?
Absolutely. Campaigns succeed because of the collective support of many donors, and individual gifts, no matter the size, help us get closer to our goal.
What will be the impact of a successful SUU campaign?
The success of this campaign will depend on our ability to significantly increase support for five crucial areas: enriching student life, campus enhancement and expansion, academic excellence, facilities enhancement, community engagement and emerging needs. This success will keep SUU strong in academic domains where it is already outstanding; make it possible for us to recruit the next generation of faculty; educate undergraduate and graduate students who are increasingly involved in research and field-based learning; and help us fulfill our mission to be the state’s only public liberal arts and sciences institution.
Who at SUU can I contact for help and information?
You can direct general questions about the campaign to www.suu.edu/rising. Numerous staff are happy to answer your questions as the campaign moves forward. Please feel free to contact:
- Stuart Jones ‘86
Vice President for University Advancement
Staci J. Carson ‘85
Associate Vice President for University Advancement