Posted on Jul 27, 2007

Thanks to the generosity of devoted alumni

Reamer Campus Center, Dutch Hollow

2001 – 2002

July 2001: The quiet phase of the You are Union campaign begins under the leadership of President Roger H. Hull.

John Wold '38 and his wife, Jane, make a $20 million commitment to support a variety of programs, including the Annual Fund, scholarships, a professorship in religious studies, science and engineering and the Minerva House System.

Philip Beuth '54, and his wife, Mary, donate $2 million to support the Minerva House System and establish Beuth House.

John Wold '38 is named honorary co-chairman, and Frank Messa '73 and Mark Walsh '76 are named campaign co-chairs.

Hull plaza

2003 – 2004

October 2003: Frank Messa '73 and his wife, Colleen, donate $1.5 million to renovate the ice rink in Achilles Center.

August 2004: James W. Taylor '66 and his brother, John Taylor '74 pledge the lead gift to renovate North Colonnade into a premier music facility, the Taylor Music Center. The total renovation is a $4 million project.

October 2004: Union College publicly announces the campaign goal of $200 million. Commitments made during the quiet phase of the campaign total $80 million in gifts and pledges.

December 2004: David Henle '75 donates $2 million to establish and endow a merit scholarship program. Gifts to scholarships during the campaign have now reached $17.9 million.

2005 – 2006

January 2005: Trustee David A. Viniar '76 – Union summa cum laude, Harvard University M.B.A., philanthropist and father of four – is the man behind the gleaming new $3.2 million Viniar Athletic Center.

February 2006: Sorum House is dedicated in memory of Christina (Christie) Sorum, Union's dean of faculty and vice president of Academic Affairs, who died May 16, 2005.

March 2006: William D. Williams '32 bequeaths more than $7 million to the College. The gift is used to establish endowed professorships in Classics, Mathematics and Philosophy.

July 1, 2006: Dr. Stephen C. Ainlay takes office as the 18th president of Union College. He is inaugurated on Sept. 16, 2006.

2007 – 2008

May 2008: Board of Trustees votes to expand the campaign to $250 million to incorporate the new initiatives of the Strategic Plan.