A Visionary Success!Posted by Janae Melvin on June 1, 2016 in "Advancing the Vision", "DeFries society", "Fredriksson Chapel", lacrosse, "Ottawa University" As the summer begins, Ottawa University is celebrating the conclusion of the most successful capital campaign in the school’s history. When the Advancing the Vision campaign kicked off, OU was seeking a way to face the challenges presented in meeting the accelerated needs of today’s students. The purpose of the campaign remained constant – to produce nationally-recognized graduates who are well prepared, broadly educated, and whose critical thinking is guided by a strong moral compass.
The campaign comes to a close having raised more than $26 million in gifts and pledges – far exceeding the original goal of $23 million. While the new Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center is the largest visual structure of the campaign, so many areas were touched as a result of the funds raised. The turf on Peoples Bank Field was replaced with a new, state-of-the-art turf just in time for the inaugural season of the men’s and women’s lacrosse at OU. Significant gifts from the DeFries family and other donors raised the majority of the resources to support the DeFries Society for the Performing Arts. The much-anticipated renovation of Fredrikson Chapel is now complete, which includes new seating, lighting, sound system and stage configuration, thanks to the campaign.
Advancing the Vision impacted the University in many additional ways; no gift was insignificant. The campaign created a revitalized Ottawa University thanks to the generosity of so many.