College launches $45–$50 million fundraising campaign

Promise to Prominence
LaGrange College announced today a $45 to $50 million comprehensive fundraising campaign designed to “propel the institution and its students to new levels of distinction,” according to President Dan McAlexander.

During a luncheon for a crowd of more than 200 supporters at Del’Avant in downtown LaGrange, officials described the importance of the effort for the college’s students, faculty and local community.

President Dan McAlexander

President Dan McAlexander

McAlexander said now is the time for the college to take bold steps forward.

“We have the momentum from consistent enrollment growth and academic program expansion that will help us fulfill the institution’s vision of transforming the lives of its students and its communities,” he said. “The recent opening of the renovated West Side school that houses Music, Digital Creative Media and Nursing and the nearly completed Fraternity Court behind Cleaveland Field are signs of that commitment.”

Celebrated at the luncheon, the lead campaign gift of $8 million has been made by Callaway Foundation, Inc. Also recognized were Jerry HA’14 and Janet Mabry Gipson Caswell ’66, donors of $2.5 million, the largest contribution by living alumni.

The centerpiece of the “From Promise to Prominence” campaign is a new 43,000-square-foot laboratory science facility being built along Vernon Street. The $21 million project will include renovations to the current Cason J. Callaway Science Building and is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.

Devoted to laboratories, the new facility will house state-of-the-art spaces for instruction in biology, ecology, anatomy/physiology, chemistry and immunology.

Will JonesWill Jones, Vice President for External Relations, said the modern science building heralds a new era of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education at LaGrange College.

“This project represents the vital next step in pursuing the college’s mission of preparing students to succeed through its renowned high-impact educational experience,” he said. “Students pursuing careers in research, medicine, allied health fields or sustainability will have firsthand experience with best-practice instructional methods and current technological innovations.”

The award-winning architectural firm of Earl Swennson Associates of Nashville, Tennessee, is the project’s designer, and Batson-Cook Co. of West Point is serving as construction manager.

Entering the public phase of the campaign, more than $25 million has already been committed to the effort, Jones said.

The project also will be raising funding for:

  • Increasing student scholarships through the LaGrange College Fund
  • Expanding the Global Engagement Initiative
  • Sustaining the Servant Scholars program
  • Supporting world-class faculty
  • Broadening endowed scholarships

Atlanta businessman William M. Hodges is chairing the campaign’s steering committee.

“These bold steps are thrilling, but they are also essential,” he said. “The ‘From Promise to Prominence’ campaign provides an opportunity for alumni, friends and supporters of the college to give back to the institution while investing in the lives of future students who, in turn, will be the leaders of tomorrow.

“Moving ahead, we must focus on preparing our students for thriving careers, but also guiding them to become successful, responsible citizens who aspire to lives of integrity and moral courage.”

For more information on how to give and updates on the campaign, visit the Promise to Prominence site at

In the headlines

Professor to speak on education, Cuban culture – LaGrange Daily News, April 20, 2016

Group seeks to fill bowls, inform – LaGrange Daily News, April 15, 2016

Adventures, humor fill LC’s play, ‘On the Verge’ – LaGrange Daily News, April 18, 2016

Get out and vote, LC students! (For SGA, that is.) #LCtransforms

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Logan Lanier
LaGrange’s golf team finished third at the USA South Championship that was played at the Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Junior Logan Lanier was fourth in the individual standings to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.


The Panthers (30-13) went 3-2 at the USA South Baseball Tournament that was held at Fleming Stadium in Wilson, North Carolina. Junior Blane Swift batted .450 in the five games, with nine hits and five RBIs.

LaGrange (13-20) hosts No. 10 Emory for Senior Day on Saturday at the LC Softball Complex in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Seniors Dani Gravett, Kalin Oglesby, Kara Patterson, Jessica Smith and Abby Stuckey will be honored.

3D Journeys
Dr. Don Livingston, Professor and Chairman of the Education Department, will deliver the final 3D Journeys lecture on Cuba at 10 a.m. Monday in Dickson Assembly Room. He will discuss the education system in Cuba.

Hollywood animator Lee Crowe
Hollywood animator Lee Crowe
’81 will speak about her work at 11 a.m. Friday (April 29) in the Lamar Dodd lecture room.  She is well-known for projects with Disney Feature Animation, “The Simpsons” and other movies and television shows. CE event

Honors Day will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. April 29 at Callaway Auditorium. Attendance is required for all graduating seniors in the day undergraduate program. Participants should gather at 5 p.m. on the west side of the auditorium next to the soccer/lacrosse field. CE event

Giving It Voice, a concert featuring student compositions performed by professional musicians, will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday in the West Side Recital Hall. Fine Arts CE event

“Job Search Strategies” will be presented at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Corn Auditorium at Lewis Library. CE event

Servant Scholars seniors will present their Scholars Colloquium on Project SEAM (Service, Education, Awareness and Mentoring) at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Dickson Assembly Room. CE event

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
 will offer a floating classroom experience from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Highland Marina on West Point Lake. Students will have the opportunity to go on a sunset cruise with the CRK and learn about the natural resources of West Point Lake. Space for 40 students is available. Rescheduled from April 21. Sustainability CE event

On the Verge
“On the Verge; Or the Geography of Yearning”
continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 28-30, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (55 and older) and non-LC students and free for LC students faculty and staff. The box office is open weekdays from noon until 4 p.m. Email the box office to make reservations at, or call (706) 880-8080. If emailing or calling, please leave name, the performance date and time, number of tickets desired, type of tickets and a call-back number and email address for confirmation. CE event

The work of 12 graduating art students will be featured in the annual Senior Exhibition from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lamar Dodd Art Center. Fine Arts CE event

Political Science students Brandon Collins, Anisa Cole, Nick Rawls and Mimi Loftus recently joined Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science, in presenting an undergraduate research paper at the Alabama Political Science Association conference in Troy, Alabama.  Their work, “Political Party Convention Speeches: About Oneself, The Party, The Country Or A Deity?,” also included research work by Lindsey Weathers , Michael Buckley, Alexandra Butson, Keaton Coates, Reid Emery, Jacob Gassert, Seth Golden, Miguel Martinez, Erin Missroon, Ben Puckett, Alex Hughes, Chandler Joyner, Tressea Stovall and Brooke Turner.

Approximately 175 high school students from Troup High School and Lafayette Christian Academy recently participated in a crisis simulation built around the Zika Virus hitting the Olympics in Brazil.  The 3 ½-hour simulation was managed by political science students Sydney Aronson, Toni Ball, Michael Buckley, Ryan Gajda, Chandler Joyner, Mimi Loftus, Jeremy Maddox, Breckin McCoy, Keren Parks, Andy Peden, Nick Rawls and Karly Williams. The high school students portrayed delegates from more than 40 countries as they debated quarantines, refugees, possible terrorism and economic angles of the crisis.