Live Our Loyalty: The Campaign for Hanover College

When campaign chairs Mark ’71 and Marabeth Ice Levett ’71 took the words “live our loyalty” from Hanover’s alma mater to name the College’s fundraising campaign in 2010, they knew they were on to something, but even they might not have appreciated the unprecedented support given by 5,000-plus donors, more than 3,000 of whom were alumni.

LIVE OUR LOYALTY: The Campaign for Hanover College generated nearly
$55 million in philanthropic assets, one of the largest fundraising totals in the College’s 187-year history. President Sue DeWine made the announcement at this year’s Homecoming celebration Sept. 20 when the College dedicated several new outdoor athletic spaces.

“The results of this campaign are nothing less than remarkable,” said DeWine. “Not only did we have 100 percent participation among multiple constituent groups, 80 percent of current pledges are already in hand. This will go a long way toward strengthening the College for the future and improving our students’ experiences.”

In addition to alumni, every member of the College’s board of trustees, the
alumni board and the parents’ board participated, while faculty and staff made gifts at an unprecedented participation rate of 71 percent.

Hanover’s Live Our Loyalty campaign was the result of a comprehensive
planning process that established ambitious targets for recruitment and
retention for a six-year period that ends in 2015. Along with capital
improvements, funds raised will strengthen Hanover’s liberal arts education through support for academics, expanding student social activities, improving experiences for student-athletes, supporting talented students with scholarships and increasing the number of students studying abroad.

Toward the goal of strengthening academic distinctiveness, the political science department received a nearly $3.2 million gift from the estates of James T. McManaman ’39 and his wife Carolyn. The gift is the largest individual gift received during the campaign.

Funds from the McManaman gift brought former White House counsel
and chief Watergate witness John Dean to campus in October to discuss the connection between the Vietnam War and the scandal that brought down former President Richard Nixon.

“The campaign was designed to enrich the lives of students at Hanover, and it really has touched their lives in so many ways,” said Marabeth Levett. “By that standard alone you could say the campaign was a success, no matter how much money was raised.”

Among the campaign standouts, the challenge to raise funds for the Shakespeare in England program led to more than $350,000 in commitments. Capital improvements made up a significant portion of campaign dollars. Nearly 400 parent households contributed to modernize and update the technology in 10 classrooms in Classic Hall, the Lynn Center for Fine Arts, Goodrich Hall, the Faculty Office Building and the Science Center.

Also enhancing the classroom experiences was a gift from Don Mount ’50, whose generous support modernized classrooms and teaching labs to instruct education students on the use of technology in their future classrooms.

The most notable capital improvement, however, is the $7 million outdoor athletic complex that boasts a new stadium, press box, offices for the coaching staff and training room for treating athletes.

“Having the new stadium has a positive effect on me and the team every day,” said senior Caleb Williams, a member of the football squad. “I hope the teams to come don’t take it for granted, because those of us who have been in both know the transformation is a night and day difference. It creates a more cohesive and encouraging environment for the entire team.”

The Zeddies Tennis Center, made possible by a gift from Michael ’77 and Judy Zeddies and completed in 2012, features eight courts with an adjacent lighted pavilion for gatherings and events.

Funds also renovated the softball and baseball facilities with new press boxes, bleachers and scoreboards, along with improvements to the dugouts. Soccer received new bleachers, team benches, ball net and scoreboard.

In May 2013, Hanover dedicated Ward and Jo Ann Withrow Student Activity Center, made possible by a gift from Jo Ann Flubacher Withrow ’63. Located on the ground floor of the Brown Campus Center, the space features a computer lab, pool tables, a study area, craft room, a movie viewing area and meeting space. The gift also went toward creating new
offices for Student Life.

The Ken and Kendal Gladish Teaching and Learning Center, made possible by a gift from Ken ’74 and Kendal Hegamaster Gladish ’75, opened in the Duggan Library. Hanover dedicated the new facility during its Homecoming celebration in 2013.

Sodexo, Hanover’s food service vendor, sponsored a $1 million transformation of the Campus Center dining room, which opened fall 2013. Walls were removed near the food service lines to allow for more space and opening the offices near the area to account for the extra space.

“Current students are very impressed with the amount of alumni support,” said senior Derek Bast. “It gives us a better sense how committed they are, and how Hanover is moving forward.”

The cost of the campaign was two percent of the total funds raised. Typically, the costs associated with fundraising campaigns are six to eight percent of the total.

During the 2014 event, Hanover also hosted an open house to celebrate the $6 million renovation of Lynn Hall into a residence hall that houses 72 students. The building also contains classrooms and office space, utilized by the Career Center, the Office of Experiential Learning and the Study Abroad Office.