Celebrating First in America
More than 300 donors, faculty members and students gathered on campus to toast, celebrate—and even dance to—the success of the First in America
capital campaign. Held in the college’s Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, the program highlighted the achievement of the campaign's $150 million goal with everything from scholarship recipients’ heart-felt testimonials to a flash-mob dance and a confetti drop.
The First in America campaign inspired more than $151 million in gifts from alumni, parents and friends since August 2004. After surpassing the $100 million mark in 2007, the campaign reached its $150 million goal ahead of schedule despite facing the country’s deepest economic recession since the Great Depression. The campaign, which was the most ambitious in the college's history, has touched nearly every corner of campus, with results that include:
- 70 new permanently endowed scholarships
- 16 new permanently endowed faculty chairs
- the construction of the Rector Science Complex's James and Stuart halls
- the creation of the Center for Sustainability Education
- more than $25 million in Annual Fund giving
- and renovations to Biddle Field that added a FieldTurf playing surface, energy-efficient lighting to allow night games, and an eight-lane track.
Beyond recognizing the importance of these achievements, the campaign celebration highlighted the momentum that First in America has generated for the college.
“Most important, First in America has forever changed the way students, alumni, parents and friends support Dickinson,” said Jennifer Ward Reynolds ’77, First in America co-chair and chair of Dickinson’s board of trustees. “It’s clear that there is a new level of excitement and ownership among Dickinsonians. In addition to providing new facilities and resources, the campaign has fostered a new sense of pride and enthusiasm about what is now possible for Dickinson when we all come together to support our college."
Highlights of the Program Speakers
The Celebratory Flash-Mob Dance
Highlights of the Program Videos