January 15th, 2013
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 15, 2013) — Messiah College has successfully completed its Centennial Campaign, a $40 million fundraising effort to construct the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts and to raise funds for student-focused initiatives and scholarship endowments. The college began the campaign in 2007, completed it in December 2012 and exceeded its $40 million goal by $6.2 million.
“We are deeply grateful to the many alumni, parents and community friends who supported the Centennial Campaign,” said President Kim S. Phipps. “Their generosity ensures that Messiah continues to provide excellent facilities and competitive scholarship funding to make Messiah College an appealing, viable educational choice for students.”
The Centennial Campaign was co-chaired by George Parmer, regional business leader and Messiah College Trustee, and David M. “Kelly” Phipps, attorney at law.
The Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts
The Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts is the hallmark project of the campaign. The High Center is an educational, rehearsal and performance space for the college’s School of the Arts and includes a new recital hall, blackbox theatre, classroom and office spaces, a recording studio and an 825-seat performance venue—Parmer Hall—that is the public focal point of the building. The High Center is open for classes and will host several public events this spring before the launch of the official inaugural cultural season in fall 2013.
Scholarship Endowment/Unrestricted Funds/Annual Fund
To keep tuition rates attainable for all students desiring a Messiah College education, more than 50 new named scholarships have been established.
NEH Challenge Grant
The Messiah College Center for Public Humanities, funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, brings together educators, students and community partners for the promotion and development of innovative public humanities programming, including outreach in local schools.
This component of the campaign funded a technology-focused, learning commons innovation project in Murray Library and supported the College’s Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research, a student organization committed to fostering justice, empowering the poor, reconciling adversaries and caring for the earth. Funds will also help students and educators travel to Africa and other regions to further develop and enhance projects related to safe drinking water and mobility access for persons with disabilities.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.