November Campaign Email

harvey-photo-UST-CMYK Dear Friends, In the most recent issue of UST Today, I highlighted an interesting article by Arthur C. Brooks in the Wall Street Journal titled “Handsome is as Handsome Gives.” In it, Brooks ponders the rewards of philanthropic giving with his own questions: Do those who give live longer? Are they healthier? Are they more attractive? When Brooks actually researched these questions, he found that the answer to all of them was a resounding…Yes! I’ll spare you the scientific data, statistics and factoids, but Brooks found that spending money on others, volunteering and just choosing to be charitable simply yield “significant happiness gains.” So, why am I sharing this? As a nonprofit, faith-based university, UST is blessed to have the support of many generous donors who believe in our mission and want the best for our students and our city. In my view, all of these giving souls are beautiful, and I pray that God blesses each and every one with good health and longevity, because the impact they are making is extraordinary. In fact, with the help of our many generous donors, we are fortunate to have reached a huge milestone in Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas. As of Nov. 15, 2014, we have achieved 51% of our goal for the main building of the planned Center for Science and Health Professions. We hope to complete Graphic-for-Nov-Newsletter)this portion of our campaign by June 2015 in order to break ground on the main building next year and open it for students in early 2017. As additional funds are raised, phases two and three will commence, adding north and south wings to the main facility. The new center will provide for our students a state-of-the-art, adaptive learning environment with plentiful lab space, classrooms, study areas and gathering space. As a member of the UST family, I invite you to be one of the first to preview renderings of the center.  We value your input, so please send your feedback to us at We appreciate your support and involvement. With sincere thanks, David Harvey, Jr. Chairman, Faith in Our Future Campaign P.S. Don’t forget to follow our progress at where you will also find our campaign prayer.  Please join us in prayerful support of this important initiative as we strive to meet the needs of our students and community and be a transformational force for good in our region and our world.