Lakeland University has launched a $12 million campaign that includes a $6 million revitalization of its Younger Family Campus Center.
Lakeland's Board of Trustees authorized the campaign on Thursday. On Wednesday, Lakeland received confirmation of a $3 million lead gift to revitalize the Younger Family Campus Center – one of the largest gifts in the institution's 155-year history. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous at this time.
Coupled with the previously announced new outdoor athletic facility, a $2.8 million project, Lakeland will be making nearly $9 million in upgrades to its main campus, located in rural Sheboygan County. Another $4 million will be raised for student scholarships.
The outdoor athletic facility work will begin this spring, and completion is set for this fall. The field will be home to Lakeland's football and men's and women's soccer programs, and will be available for extensive community use.
The Campus Center work will be done in phases to accommodate current needs during construction. Target completion is fall of 2018.
"Once this work is completed, the Younger Family Campus Center will be a jewel for our main campus," said Lakeland President David Black. "The Campus Center has been altered and adapted several times since its construction in 1964. The current facility is dated and lacks the social vitality and sense of place to be a true social hub for Lakeland.
"The architectural design study completed as part of this project describes a vision for a Campus Center that will be uniquely suited to Lakeland's current and future social and academic needs. It also leverages state-of-the-art student center design practices that reflect the latest trends in higher education."
The revitalized Campus Center will fulfill a variety of roles, including:
- Addressing healthy lifestyles through new dining options and setups that promote healthy eating and socializing.
- Offering additional space for Lakeland's Student Success & Engagement program, including hosting coaching sessions, workshops and small events to support students in achieving their goals.
- Providing an enhanced environment for community-building, camaraderie and personal growth – enriching the spirit of Lakeland and the individual lives of our students.
- Providing commuters with a place to "touch down" between classes so they can feel more connected to the campus community.
- Providing spaces to host a variety of events and activities.