Connecticut College Magazine · Fall 2013


Corrie Searls '14, an art history major from Minneapolis, at the site of her dream internship last summer, Christie's auction house at New York City's Rockefeller Plaza. Photo by Karsten Moran

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The College raises $211 million, its biggest fundraising campaign yet. Read how the money is changing the campus, the academic program — and students' lives.

TThe Campaign for Connecticut College, which concluded this past summer, was monumental, raising $211 million, 53 percent more than any fundraising campaign in College history.

If you explore today's campus, some of its effects are obvious: the new Science Center at New London Hall, a new Fitness Center and other improvements to the athletic facilities and residence halls. Some of the effects aren't as obvious, such as a significant increase in financial aid and the creation of a new, holistic concept in student support, the Academic Resource Center, which is designed to ensure that every single student succeeds academically.

Gifts to the Campaign created additional opportunities for students to study and explore the world abroad. They enabled more teaching to be done in the classic residential liberal arts college tradition, in the residences. They funded more opportunities for students and faculty to create new knowledge by working together on collaborative research.

Below, you'll follow you'll find additional examples and details of the Campaign's impact.

More detailed information is available at the Campaign's website.

None of these improvements would have been possible without all of you — our alumni, parents and friends — and the entire College community. Everyone came through for our students. You've changed their lives, and Connecticut College has moved forward because of your support. We are grateful.

Residential education

Intellectual discussions among faculty and students have always been at the heart of a Connecticut College education. Over the last decade, an ambitious and multifaceted residential-life program has been developed to create even more such interaction and a vibrant intellectual community that runs 24/7.

• Residence halls, common rooms and gathering spaces across campus were enhanced.
• First-year seminars limited to 16 students were created.
• A new Fitness Center was built.
• The new Residential Education Fellows program enlists 11 faculty who present informal talks, plan educational programs and host study breaks in the residences.
• A major renovation is planned for the Charles E. Shain Library that will quadruple the number of individual and collaborative study spaces.

Student Success

• The new Academic Resource Center will be an integral component of the impending library renovation.
• The center offers tutoring, workshops and group study. Professionals teach best practices for study skills and time management.
• A quantitative-skills program teaches core competencies such as statistical reasoning, modeling empirical data and reliable measurement. 
• The center was made possible by an anonymous $11 million gift, the largest in College history.

Internationalization and
foreign language study

• $1 million endowment from anonymous donor supports curricular renewal and faculty development, including a symposium and faculty retreat to Turkey for the Global Islamic Studies initiative.
• More study- and research-abroad opportunities have been created; more
than 2,600 students studied abroad during the Campaign.
• The Foreign Language Fellows program provides students who have advanced foreign language skills the opportunity to design and implement co-curricular activities, from conversational practice at language tables to public lectures and exhibitions related to foreign cultures.
• The Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) allows students to add an international dimension to any major. This includes intensive language study and an international internship.
• A grant from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation allowed 18 faculty members to spend four semesters researching global environmental justice during trips to India, Peru and South Africa. The trips have generated 12
new courses and revisions to eight others to date.
• More than half of Connecticut College students now study abroad for at least a semester in more than 40 countries. The College's students come from 70 countries.
• In the past decade, more than 100 College students and faculty have traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, as part of the College's Study Away/Teach Away program, which provides immersion in the culture, economics and politics of the communist nation.
• Students have conducted research in a foreign language in 25 countries, and nearly 140 students have taught foreign languages to elementary school students in New London.

Science education

• The $25 million Science Center at New London Hall provides new laboratories, classrooms, collaborative study and work spaces, and a modernized greenhouse.
• Research and internship opportunities for students have been expanded, and accomplished faculty have been recruited.
• The Science Leaders Program attracts and provides support for students from groups underrepresented in the sciences, including women and students of color.
• Over the past decade, College science faculty have received more than $7.7 million in grants.


Erick Argueta '12
Major: Biochemistry
Providence, R.I.

Argueta conducted research at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, examining nanometrology, the science of locating molecules on a scale invisible to microscopes. His work was made possible by the American Chemical Society's International Research Experience for Undergraduates award. He was recently accepted to the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Yumi Kovic '14
Majors: ACS Certified Chemistry and Biochemistry
Norwich, Conn.

Entering her senior year, Kovic has taken part in the College's hands-on Bioluminescence Research Group. She helped cowrite a published paper with Bruce Branchini, the McCollum-Vahlteich Professor of Chemistry, on the molecules fireflies use to produce light. She received the Petit Family Foundation grant for women in the sciences and was recently awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for students who pursue careers
in science.

Anne Bernhard
Milne Associate Professor of Biology
In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Bernhard was awarded a grant of nearly $203,000 from the BP-sponsored Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to explore the effects of the spill on salt marshes on the Louisiana coast. The grant has allowed Bernhard to analyze samples from the marshes and pay two undergraduate student researchers to work with her during the summer. Students in her molecular ecology classes have also analyzed samples from her research.

Annual Fund

• More than 20,000 alumni, parents and friends raised
nearly $50 million.
• The Campaign saw a 77 percent increase in annual giving.


Molly Bangs '14
Major: Government
Montclair, N.J.

As a media intern at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, Bangs worked closely with the foundation's media relations and speechwriting teams. She was responsible for media outreach to reporters, editing speeches and press releases, writing blog posts, and introducing speakers at foundation events.

A CISLA (Toor Cummings Center for International Studies in the Liberal Arts) scholar, Bangs was interested in working for an organization that performs international outreach and was able to gain knowledge and skills from one of the oldest and most prestigious foundations in the world. “I'm extremely grateful that I was able to work for an organization that, through initiatives and grants, does so much good around the globe,” she said.

Bangs' dream job would incorporate diplomacy, nonprofit work or international relations with researching and writing, possibly at the United Nations.

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