University celebrates 75th anniversary with campaign

Veronica Novotny

Franciscan University of Steubenville is continuing the celebration of its 75th anniversary through 2022 with a capital campaign to raise $75 million, primarily for the construction of a new academic building.

The campaign goals and allocations include $48 million for Christ the Teacher, the new academic and conference building slated to be built in the coming semesters. $18 million will go to financial aid and scholarship funds, $5 million will go to outreach and evangelization offices and $1 million to a new nursing simulation laboratory.

Two categories have already been fully funded: $2 million for the Center for Leadership and entrepreneurship programs and $1 million to criminal justice.

To commemorate the anniversary of the first day of classes, which was December 10, 1946, the university unveiled a new mural installed onto the front of the main entrance of the J.C. Williams Center on Friday, December 10, 2021. The mural can be seen driving up the hill onto campus.

Afterward, the university gave out commemorative Christmas decorations during a light reception.

Because most students were required to move out of resident housing by noon Thursday, December 9, there was a sneak-peek unveiling for students Sunday, December 5.

The mural was originally designed by Blair (Gordy ’15) Piras and installed by Andrew Wilson Smith Sculpture Studio.