APPLETON - Lawrence University has millions of reasons to celebrate.
The university announced Friday that its six-year, "More Light" campaign raised more than $160 million, $10 million more than it had hoped.
When Ben DiMarco first visited Lawrence University four years ago, he knew it was the school for him.
"Everybody was really friendly, outgoing, the energy here was awesome," said DiMarco.
A lot has changed since then. No, the people and energy have remained the same, but the now senior says the campus has taken on a new look.
"The biggest change has definitely been the connection of campus, kind of, more of a united feeling," said DiMarco.
Adding the $35 million Warch Campus Center was made possible by the "More Light" fundraising campaign, A six-year effort that brought in more than $160 million. And while DiMarco has enjoyed the changes made already, he has a small wish list of more he'd like to see.
"We could use some more connection between (Alexander Gym) and the campus. Students have to either take a shuttle or drive themselves," said DiMarco.
"We've got this remarkably fantastic school, but how do we continue to make sure we move it forward over the next five, 10, 20, 40 years?" said Harry Kraemer.
"More Light" campaign co-chair Harry Kraemer says the fundraising goal was ambitious in a tough economic time, but it was needed.
"We've always had a great set of facilities but if you're really gonna be competitive having a state of the art campus center, continuing to improve the theaters, continuing the improve the art programs," said Kraemer.
Kraemer says $25 million was set aside to endow student scholarships. The university is still working on other projects for the money.
Lawrence officials say this fundraiser was the most successful in the school's history. Its last fundraiser in 1997 took in just more than $60 million.
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