Among the extraordinary projects that have developed over the past year at Montclair State University, the construction and opening of The Heights is perhaps the most exciting. It is the culmination of a great collaboration among legislators, private industry, campus leaders, and the many workers who labored to build this state-of-the-art residential and dining complex in just 14 months.
Now home to nearly 2,000 students, The Heights brings a new vitality to the northern end of the campus and has energized the University with an influx of resident students from across the state and beyond. With The Heights, the University’s total number of beds will rise above 5,000 by the 2012-13 academic year, when renovations on other residential halls are completed.
The campus has been transformed with the addition of this new facility, along with other renovated buildings, the striking new College Avenue Promenade, and the restored historic quad bordered by College, Chapin, Russ, and Freeman Halls. Along with physical changes, we are introducing new programs and initiatives; conducting important research in the sciences, the humanities, education, and the arts; and fulfilling our mission to provide students with an affordable, high-quality education.
We are also building stronger bridges to connect alumni with their alma mater and classmates. We are committed to keeping alumni engaged in the life of University, and our new online community, MONTCLAIRconnect, is an important part of this endeavor.
None of these changes happen without support. In the past, public universities could depend largely on government for the funds necessary to implement their missions. Today, in the face of continually declining state funding, we rely increasingly on support from other sources. We have redoubled our efforts to attract funding from corporations, foundations, alumni, and friends and to increase contributions from federal and state agencies for programs and research.
As we sharpen our focus on development, planned giving has become another important source of support for the University. This past year, Montclair State received a number of significant estate gifts and pledges from retired professors and alumni. A growing number of alumni and friends of the University are now using the online giving feature on our website—montclair.edu/giving—as a way to express their commitment to Montclair State’s mission.
I cannot overemphasize the need and the importance for everyone to consider one of the many options for giving to the University. Please join us in supporting the mission—and the future—of Montclair State University.
Susan A. Cole