On Friday, Aug. 28, students and faculty gathered outside the Barone Campus Center to welcome a new comprehensive capital campaign to Fairfield’s campus.

The new campaign, “Fairfield Rising,” is an initiative between Fairfield students, families, alumni and faculty to join together and ensure that Fairfield continues to enrich lives with its unique educational experience.

Its impact will be significant to all constituencies of the University, however our students are the main beneficiaries,” stated Walter Halas, vice president for University Advancement.

“We will continue to improve our academic and non-academic offerings, we will continue to improve the quality of our professors and we will have first class facilities to teach, learn, socialize and compete.”

Fairfield Rising will consist of three fundraising pillars, focusing on people, programs and Facilities. Each pillar will raise donor support to improve academic programs, scholarships and faculty.

“The ‘programs’ pillar is intended to raise donor support for academic programs in each discipline. Our nursing and health studies program is a good example that combines the integrated efforts of the School of Nursing, Dolan School of Business, College of Art and Sciences and School of Engineering,” stated Halas.

The campaign will also focus on improving campus facilities, creating state-of-the-art spaces for all students.

“The ‘facilities’ pillar has already supported the raising of funds to support Rafferty Stadium and the RecPlex. Next up will be the Health Sciences Center, which will house classes from every school,” stated Halas.

Students can look forward to seeing programs across campus that encourage community engagement and Fairfield pride throughout the period of the campaign, which will be officially rolled out sometime this month.

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