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$2 Million Pledge Launches Campaign to Build STEM Center

Posted: Feb 18 2014

Stem-webPUTNEY, Vt.–Landmark College announced today that it has received the largest single gift in the College’s 29-year history, a $2 million challenge grant from the Tambour Foundation. The grant launches the public phase of Landmark’s $10 million capital campaign, “Pioneering Pathways, Changing Lives,” built around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and educational innovation.

The specific goal of the capital campaign is to construct a new Science, Technology and Innovation Center on campus. The creation of the new facility will further establish Landmark College as a pioneering institution in STEM education for students with learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), ADHD, and ASD. Construction on the Center will begin in August 2014, with the Center’s opening planned for August 2015.

“This will be the first new academic building in the history of the campus, and it will be realized due to the generosity of our many donors – in particular the Tambour Foundation – and driven by  the needs of our talented students,” said Dr. Peter Eden, president of Landmark College. “Landmark students are strong in diverse subjects, and many are targeting careers in STEM fields. There is a huge, untapped pool of very bright, young learners eager to help society in high-tech fields, but due to LD challenges they do not often find the right college environment. The STI Center will enhance what is already a world-class institution in Landmark College, particularly now that we are a more comprehensive four-year institution.”

In addition to housing STEM laboratories, classrooms, and faculty, the STI Center will be home to the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT). “Through LCIRT, we engage in innovative discovery and applied research tied to teaching and learning every day,” said Dr. Eden. “With the new STI Center, we will better serve our students as well as educators and professionals across the globe.”

NicoleAlumna Nicole Goodner MacFarlane (pictured right), who attended Landmark from 1996 to 1998, motivated the $2 million matching pledge by the Tambour Foundation. Trustees of the MacFarlane family’s foundation approached the Tambour Foundation, a small, private charitable foundation that focuses on educational and other advancement opportunities around the world, to make the gift based on Nicole's enthusiastic advocacy. As a result, the STI Center will be named for her.

MacFarlane, who lives in Dallas with her husband and two children, says her experience at Landmark left a lasting impression that she wants to share with current and future students. “The STI Center will solidify Landmark’s position as the leader in education and research for the benefit of students with learning disabilities and other academic challenges and will afford them the same wonderful opportunities that I experienced as a student. Establishing the STI Center will establish a new era of growth for Landmark.”

As the public phase of the “Pioneering Pathways, Changing Lives” campaign continues, the College’s advancement team continues to work toward the $10 million mark. Upcoming fundraising events include a dinner in New York City called “Uncut Diamonds: Brilliance Through Educational Innovation.”

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