To Serve and To Lead Timeline of Highlights
To Serve & To Lead: The Campaign for Student Enrichment at Messiah College
“Quiet phase” begins, developing leadership gifts for
key campaign projects.
As campaign chair, Eunice Steinbrecher (right), who also serves as chair of the Board of Trustees, helped to steer To Serve & To Lead from its inception to successful completion.
The Lilly Endowment, Inc.,
awarded $2 million to Messiah College to implement Christian Vocation: Service, Leadership, and Reconciliation, a five-year project to integrate a rich understanding of Christian vocation throughout our educational program and among our various constituencies.
To publicly launch the campaign, the College invited more than 700 campus and community guests aboard the “H.M.S. Messiah” when Hitchcock Arena was transformed into the dining room of an elegant ocean liner. Then-president Rodney Sawatsky (left) introduced
the campaign as a “leap forward in enriching the lives of our
students,” announcing that
more than $32 million of the $50-million campaign goal
had already been pledged by Messiah’s trustees, alumni,
and other benefactors.
One year after the official launch of the campaign, the College dedicated Boyer Hall—first used in the fall semester of the 2003–2004 academic year. The building is home to The Boyer Center,
the School of Education and Social Sciences, and the School of the Humanities and
contains a modern language
lab, classroom facilities, seminar rooms, computer labs, and the 140-seat Parmer Cinema for hosting film viewings and lectures, all open for student use.
Designed for students’ social use and leisure needs, the Larsen Student Union—officially opened in March 2004—serves as a hub for on-campus activities and student leadership programs. The building is home to the Union Café, as well as offices for the Student Government Association and student-run newspaper,
yearbook, and radio station.