St. John's raises $133.7 million
St. John's College has raised $133.7 million through its capital campaign, more than tripling the amount raised in its previous campaign and significantly strengthening the college's endowment, college officials announced Thursday.
"With a Clear and Single Purpose: The Campaign for St. John's College" has raised money for financial aid, new buildings on the Annapolis and Santa Fe., N.M., campuses, increased salaries and improved student services.
The campaign began its public phase in April 2006. Strong giving from alumni, several major gifts from foundations and the financial support of friends of the college - locally and from across the nation - allowed the college to raise more than its $125 million goal.
Among the college's highest priorities is ensuring that St. John's remains affordable and accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their financial resources. To that end, the college has raised $43.6 million in gifts and pledges for financial aid, including a new scholarship fund to support Maryland students at St. John's.
Much of the $133.7 million raised is at work in supporting the college's mission:
*The addition of two dormitories in Annapolis - Gilliam Hall and Spector Hall - means that the college can house nearly 75 percent of its students on campus. The new buildings have "green" features, such as geothermal heating, and include expansive common rooms with views of College Creek.
*A generous scholarship program funded by the Hodson Trust supports K-12 teachers who enroll in the college's Graduate Institute.
*An internship program for undergraduates has been expanded, allowing more students to explore careers and gain valuable work experience.
*Early support for the campaign allowed the college to significantly expand and renovate Annapolis' Mellon Hall (the college's main academic building) and improve Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
County celebrates Bates grant
County schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell was joined by federal, state, and local leaders Thursday to celebrate the awarding of a $665,000 federal grant that will bring a fully integrated arts curriculum to Bates Middle School in Annapolis.
The Supporting Arts Integrated Learning for Student Success (SAILSS) Project is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Annapolis Arts Council, the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance and Towson University.
"Arts integration curriculums are proven winners for students and communities alike because they infuse the arts into every facet of a student's experience in the process growing the student's appreciation of and attachment to the arts," Maxwell said. "I am confident the SAILSS program will expose our students to avenues of learning they may otherwise have never encountered."
The county's first performing and visual arts magnet program will open at Bates in the 2009-2010 school year. The SAILSS program, which all Bates students will use, is the foundation for the magnet program.