AADC Launches $35M Capital Campaign

“Innovative Education. Women’s Leadership — The Campaign for Douglass” Kicks Off with October 24 Event at NYC’s University Club.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, October 20, 2010—The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) today announced the public launch of a five-year, $35 million capital campaign to benefit Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University — the country‘s only women‘s college within a public research university. A special event for key alumnae, at the University Club in New York City on Sunday, October 24, will celebrate the campaign‘s inauguration and introduce the College‘s new Dean, Dr. Jacquelyn Litt.

The campaign is off to a great start, according to Tina Gordon, a member of the Class of 1972 and AADC President. ―Through the generosity of early supporters during its quiet phase,‘ begun in 2008, we have already raised $17.8 million – just over half our target,‖ she said. Gordon cited two donors whose gifts will go a long way to meeting two of the campaign‘s six key goals: Regina Heldrich, Class of 1942, made a gift of $1.5 million to bolster the award-winning Douglass Project for Women in Math, Science and Engineering (goal–$4.6 million). Established in 1986, the Project provides students with academic support and leadership opportunities. Campaign funds will endow Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates – a Program for Excellence in Research), through which students connect with mentors, attend professional development programs, develop their research skills and participate in paid internships. Funds will also support the establishment of further educational opportunities and student stipends and support the Bunting-Cobb Math, Science and Engineering Residence Hall, the first living-learning community in the nation for undergraduate women majoring in the sciences and engineering. Kathy Ludwig, Class of 1975, pledged a gift of $1 million to help build a state-of-the-art living-learning residence in the College‘s unique Global Village (goal $10 million), which houses learning communities focused on language, culture, social and business issues. The Campaign will also endow the coursework, lectures, conferences and travel undertaken by students in the 10 houses: the Human Rights House, Middle East Coexistence House, Social Justice House, LEAD House, Africana House, East Asian House, Spanish House, French House, Women and Creativity House and Women in Entrepreneurial Business House. ($4.5 million)

Running in tandem with Rutgers University‘s recently announced $ 1 billion capital campaign, the Douglass campaign is also focused on sustaining the recruitment of the best and brightest women to the College ($1.5 million) through increased scholarship support; expanding its core leadership initiatives ($3.3 million) with increased funding for its Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) program providing students as mentors and leaders-in-residence; and endowing the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), a lecture series that brings high-achieving women to campus, and provides internship opportunities at both the state and federal level. Funds will also support the many other on-campus leadership programs the College offers; strengthening its experiential learning programs, ($6.6 million) for future generations of women, including its signature mission course, ―Knowledge and Power – Issues in Women‘s Leadership‖ required of all Douglass first-year students, and endowing the expansion of the Mary I. Bunting Program for non-traditional-aged women entering college; enriching its unrestricted endowment ($4.5 million) to ensure the financial, academic and programmatic stability of Douglass Residential College.

About The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC)
Established by the Class of 1922, the college’s first graduating class, the AADC today represents the interests of more than 36,000 graduates of Douglass College and the former New Jersey College for Women. With support from alumnae and friends, the Associate Alumnae provides exciting educational opportunities for Douglass students, as
well as programs and outreach opportunities that foster connections between Douglass alumnae, students, faculty, staff and friends. For additional information, please visit www.douglassalumnae.org

About Douglass Residential College
Douglass Residential College boasts 1,816 students from more than 24 states and 14 countries and recently welcomed Jacquelyn Litt, Ph.D. as the tenth dean. Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women (NJC),and later named Douglass College in honor founder Mabel Smith Douglass, the College was renamed Douglass Residential College, following the reorganization of undergraduate education at Rutgers in 2006. Throughout its history Douglass has been at the forefront of education for women, and continues to support women’s development in all arenas, including research, education, business, public policy, communication and community service. For further information, visit http://douglass.rutgers.edu.

Historic Moment for Douglass—Douglass Alumnae Raise $3.6 Million for New Residence Hall on Campus

Douglass9-13_176New Living-Learning Center Will Enhance the Global Village: Exciting developments are bringing the long held vision of a new building for the Global Village at Douglass closer than ever to reality.  The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College and Douglass Residential College have reached the $3.6 million Campaign for Douglass goal for the Global Village and design is underway.

Douglass alumnae and friends, through The Campaign for Douglass, have responded generously to the project with gifts that, together with the pledged support of $6.4 million from Rutgers University, have reached the project’s $10 million goal for this priority.  On December 3, 2013, the Rutgers University Board of Governors formally approved the project.  After a competitive bidding process, the multi-award winning architectural firm of Michael Graves & Associates was commissioned to design the building.

“The new living-learning residence hall for the Global Village will expand a hallmark College program.  It will allow a greater number of Douglass students to learn and practice the skills necessary for effective global leadership,” stated Douglass Dean Jacquelyn Litt.  “The project will impact students enrolled in our language, cultural, career or issues-based living-learning communities by providing new housing and classroom space.  It will also benefit all Douglass women by providing large community space where students can participate in presentations, panel discussions and conferences that will bring the world to campus.  For example,” she continued, “we have recently established a new student organization, the Douglass Chapter of Friends of UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund), which seeks to raise the issue of global women’s health among the student body.  The multi-purpose rooms in the new building will provide a center for this type of global education and outreach. ”

This is the first new construction on Douglass in more than 30 years, since the Douglass College Center at the corner of George Street and Nichol Avenue was expanded and became a central point on the Douglass campus.  “It is particularly exciting to have Michael Graves & Associates architects as our designer,” notes Dean Litt.  “They bring expertise in designing for higher education and in many international sites, such as the recently completed Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, to our project.”

Because of the success of The Campaign for Douglass and with approval of the Board of Governors, the project timeline will now allow for a fall 2016 opening.  “We are very grateful to the alumnae and friends who join with us and with lead donor Kathleen Whitehouse Ludwig ’75 in making commitments to the Living-Learning Residence Hall, ” stated Campaign Co-Chairs Joyce Kovatch Albers-Schonberg ’65 and Alice Herman ’70.  They noted that contributors have a variety of reasons for their generous participation.  Advancing a Douglass strength in offering living-learning communities to students appeals to many contributors.  Others, aware that this will be the first new construction on campus in some three decades, want to showcase Douglass’ continued excellence and to assist in student recruitment and retention.

This project will complete the fourth side of the beautiful Georgian-style Jameson Campus, which is home to many of the current Global Village living-learning communities.  Among them are Human Rights, Leadership Education at Douglass (LEAD), Women  and Business, Africana, East Asian and the French House, to name a few.  The Global Village is one of the most popular programs among students at Douglass.

Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Board of Directors President Tina B. Gordon ’72, expressed appreciation to the Campaign Co-Chairs on having raised the needed funds for the project.  “This project would not have become a reality without the leadership of Joyce, Alice, Kathy, Sharon Matlofsky Karmazin ‘67 and many other contributors.  We are grateful for their commitment and passion for Douglass.”

AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson ’81 summarized progress, “When the AADC Board of Directors took on the challenge of conducting a major campaign to benefit the College, they had tremendous faith in the interest and loyalty of our alumnae.”

“This building, a key priority of our Campaign, confirms what we have always known about our alumnae and their commitment to Douglass.”  Valerie continued, “Our alumnae have been instrumental in assuring the advancement and success of Douglass College throughout its history.  Now is the time for all of us to invest in Douglass to ensure its vitality for the future.”

Ahead for the project is about a year of design, followed by a year of construction.  Ahead for The Campaign for Douglass is building on the success of meeting this project to fulfill other essential needs to ensure the Douglass Difference.  These areas include raising program and technology funds for the Global Village, support for STEM programs, signature Douglass curricula and Women’s Leadership initiatives.  For updates on The Campaign for Douglass, visit www.campaignfordouglass.org