Western’s Points of Pride
The Beyond Excellence
Achieving Greatness -
A Campaign for Missouri Western State University
Achieving Greatness capital campaign is the private funding
component of the Beyond Excellence Initiative. Based on the
positive feedback from hundreds of alumni and friends, as well
as the findings of the recently completed campaign study, the
MWSU Foundation Board of Directors has approved moving forward
with the Achieving Greatness capital campaign.
The campaign will secure an initial celebration goal of $15
million to address many of Western’s long-range needs during the
Initial Facility Construction and Renovation Goal |
A campaign priority is the expansion and renovation of the
current science and mathematics building – Agenstein Hall.
Undergraduate science and mathematics enrollment is nearly
triple what it was when the building was constructed in 1969.
When the expansion and renovation is complete, the
approximately 120,000 square feet of space will thoroughly
modernize the facility with new instructional laboratories,
classrooms, and faculty offices.
More than $32 million of the total $37.5 million project has
been raised in public funding.
Additional funding will complete the construction and
renovation, purchase up-to-date scientific equipment, and
provide an endowment for ongoing building maintenance.
Investment in this project will ensure Western is a major
force in the life sciences economic environment in
Initial Mission Endowment Goal | $1 million
A second campaign priority is to expand support for student
scholarships and the business department.
Each year, gifts to Western’s endowment for student
scholarships help to ensure that qualified students are able to
afford postsecondary education.
Western committed more than $5.6 million of university funds
to student scholarships in 2007-2008 and the MWSU Foundation
awarded 580 students more than $460,000 in scholarships.
There are currently 206 endowed and current scholarships.
A $1 million investment in need- and merit-based scholarships
will further Western’s mission of empowering students
Initial Department of Business Goal | $5.5 million
A third campaign priority is to secure funding for the school of
The Department of Business is Western’s largest degree program
with more than 750 students majoring in accounting, finance,
Endowment and program funding is needed to establish the
School of Business and to attract and retain outstanding
students and faculty.
Initial Emerging Needs Goal | $1 million
An additional campaign priority is to secure support for
Undesignated gifts received annually through
the Western Annual Fund and membership in the Western League
for Excellence help maintain the day-to-day excellence of
Gifts to the Emerging Needs Goal support the
professional development endeavors by
Western’s faculty and staff
the Student Excellence Fund to assist
students with the expenses of special activities to
enhance their classroom experiences, such as attending
national and regional conferences, presenting papers and
participation in programs to learn from professionals in
their field of study
special academic activities to enhance
curricular and co-curricular offerings to students
Investing in the Emerging Needs Fund will
allow Western to better prepare students for a competitive
workforce by providing additional opportunities for applied
learning, research and service.
Additional Investment Opportunities
Additional investment opportunities to address Western’s new
construction and renovations needs include the following:
Enhancing the quality of Western’s
athletic facilities will increase Western’s ability to
recruit quality students, increase pride on campus and
in the community.
Long-range plans include upgrading and
expanding Spratt Memorial Stadium and the Looney
Complex, and creating a Spring Sports Complex.
An investment in Western’s resources for
fine arts will enhance the appreciation of the cultural
experiences and the role of the arts for students and
citizens of the region.
Long-range plans include upgrading
facilities and equipment.
Additional investment opportunities to address
Western’s mission endowment needs include: