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By Jill Spotz

Live Connected, Lead Change, the most successful fundraising campaign in Lafayette’s history, turned asphalt roads into campus-defining green spaces (The Quad, Anderson Courtyard), created the Williams Arts Campus, built Oechsle Center for Global Education, and launched the largest building project in Lafayette’s history (Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center).

The campaign, which is projected to surpass its $400 million goal, supports a broad range of campus and infrastructure enhancements to prepare students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. More than 25 academic, athletic, and residential facilities, as well as public spaces and gardens, were created or renovated.

Highlights include:

Oechsle Center for Global Education, the home for international affairs, Africana studies, and anthropology & sociology.

The Williams Arts Campus, which offers facilities for theater, studio and performing arts, and film and media studies.

Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, scheduled to open in fall 2019, will serve as the new home for biology, computer science, neuroscience, the environmental science and studies program, the sustainability initiative, Bradbury Dyer III ’64 Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the Daniel and Heidi Hanson ’91 Center for Inclusive STEM Education.

Engineering: Renovations to Acopian Engineering Center’s fifth floor, as well as the addition of LeopardWorks, a 2,500-square-foot maker space to aid in interdisciplinary learning.

Athletics: Significant renovations were made to the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center Arena, Weinstein Natatorium, several buildings and fields at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex, and Sullivan Tennis Courts.

Gathering Spaces: Creation or renovation of The Quad, Anderson Courtyard, McKelvy House gardens, Schwartz-Schoor Plaza, Houldin Walk, and Société d’Honneur Plaza.

Living-learning residences: Enhancements to student and faculty residences included Grossman House, Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Scott Hall, McKelvy House, and Max Kade Haus.

For additional information about the impact of the Live Connected, Lead Change campaign, visit


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