NEWS RELEASE: LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES “THE NEXT 50 CAMPAIGN”

Over $65M invested during university’s most successful fund-raising drive

SUDBURY, ON (Thursday, March 28, 2013) – Laurentian University today celebrated the success of the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in its history. Launched as part of Laurentian’s 50th anniversary celebrations, “The Next 50 Campaign” set a fund-raising target of $50M to fuel the university’s growth and drive creativity, innovation and prosperity. The campaign has exceeded its goal and has raised more than $65.2M in private gifts alone excluding investments made by governments.

“The support shown for The Next 50 Campaign, both by members of the Sudbury community and donors across the country, has been quite extraordinary,” said Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux. “There is a growing awareness of the strengths of Laurentian’s signature programs, the expertise of its faculty, and the quality of its graduates. The university is clearly succeeding in its objective to build a national and international reputation for excellence.”

At each donor’s request, funds received in support of The Next 50 Campaign were earmarked for a variety of university projects and initiatives, including the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, the Centre for Excellence in Mining, expansion of the Ben Avery Centre, the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, the Goodman School of Mines, student scholarships and bursaries and cutting–edge research and studies. The tremendous momentum the campaign has generated will allow Laurentian’s Development staff to continue to identify and engage new donors in support of the university’s strategic directions.

“The campaign has officially come to an end, but we will continue to move forward,” said Tracy MacLeod, Director of The Next 50 Campaign and Director of Development at Laurentian University. “I am extremely grateful to the dedicated group of campaign volunteers who have worked tirelessly as ambassadors to spread the word about Laurentian. Their passion has inspired me, just as it has inspired some of the country’s most recognizable corporate leaders and philanthropists to become champions for the university.”

“This campaign has truly captured the spirit of the university and excited the imaginations of some very generous people,” said Scott McDonald, Laurentian alumnus who successfully chaired The Next 50 Campaign from 2007 to 2011. “Each donation has brought us to the point we have reached today, and I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported The Next 50 Campaign, and to those who will continue to support Laurentian in the years ahead. We couldn’t have done this without you.”

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About The Next 50 Campaign:

Total of $65,275,439 raised for:
 AACSB Accreditation,
 Graduate Fellowships,
 Indigenous Sharing & Learning Centre,
 Research & Innovation Fund,
 School of Mines,
 Student Athletic Scholarships.

Significant donations received from:
 Vale
 Xstrata
 IAMGOLD
 Ned Goodman and Family
 Stan Bharti and Family
 Quadra FNX (now KGHM but donation was made under FNX)
 Power Corporation
 Sudbury Families Campaign (Perry and Sue Dellelce, Dario and Julie Zulich, Bharti family, Nora and Milad Mansour, Peter Goring, Pat and Gord Slade, Angela and Norm Bradley, Naneff family, Don and Jackie Rastall, Jen and Louis Pagnutti)

About Laurentian University

Laurentian University is one of the fastest growing universities in Canada in the past decade, now serving close to 10,000 students. With its main campus in Sudbury, it now offers a growing number of programs in Barrie to the 1,200 students located on that campus. Laurentian has the highest post-graduation employment rates in Ontario and receives high recognition for its enviable class sizes, having one of the lowest average class sizes in Canada.

For more information on Laurentian University visit www.laurentian.ca

MEDIA CONTACTS

For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Joanne Musico
Manager, Communications
Tel: 705-675-1151 ext. 3445 or 1.800.263.4188 ext.3445
jmusico@laurentian.ca

Sherry Drysdale
Communications
Tel:705-675-1151 ext. 3412
sdrysdale@laurentian.ca

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