NWU Launches $62 Million "Bold Designs" Campaign
Every day, NWU professors teach their students to be bold. To imagine possibilities. To build and create.
That boldness stands at the heart of Nebraska Wesleyan’s mission. One hundred thirty years ago, a group of visionaries saw potential in an empty field of sunflowers. They did more than imagine. They laid the foundation of a great university. Today, we work to live by the lessons of our founders and our faculty. To do more than imagine. To be bold in the things we build and create.
Buildings are rising. We work to give our students resources to succeed in a changing world. We teach. We serve our communities. We grow and evolve. We dream big.
At the Black & Gold dinner on September 7, we took a bold step. To a packed room of alumni and friends, we introduced Bold Designs: The Campaign for Nebraska Wesleyan University.
It has been almost a quarter century since NWU last endeavored to launch a major campaign. But we’ve been building up to this moment for a while.
In the last few years, we’ve introduced the Archway Curriculum. We’ve committed exclusively to our NCAA Division III identity and joined the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. We moved our Omaha location, added competitive new programs and renovated many facilities. And in April, we broke ground on the Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science, one of the most ambitious projects of our time. As the shovels hit the ground on that memorable day, we opened a new chapter in NWU’s history.
Our successes have led us to Bold Designs. This $62 million campaign, which includes the Acklie Hall of Science, focuses on four fundamental goals:
- Create premier learning spaces
- Open doors for generations of students through scholarships
- Recruit and support the best faculty
- Advance life-changing student experiences.
When we do these four fundamental things, we’ll have boldly advanced Nebraska Wesleyan University as a leading national liberal arts university.
The entire Nebraska Wesleyan community will feel the impact of this campaign. The waves that begin here—on this sunflower field that became a campus—will spill forward into the communities our alumni serve. Emboldened by our faith in one another, our reach will become global.