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Going Forth into Our Third Century

SLUH celebrated 200 years of excellence on November 16, 2018 with the announcement of Go Forth, a campaign investing $70 million in the school's urban location. Mayor Lyda Krewson declared the day as "St. Louis U. High Day in the City of St. Louis," which marked SLUH's official bicentennial anniversary.

"Go Forth positions SLUH for our third century by continuing to serve young men from all walks of life with a curriculum that cultivates their leadership and a campus that best facilitates their total formation," says President Alan Carruthers. "This comprehensive endeavor comes at a critical time when leaders of competence, conscience and compassion are needed more than ever."

SLUH formally launched Go Forth at an on-campus celebration on "St. Louis U. High Day" (November 16). About 300 attended the event, which included a walking tour, student performances and remarks from Carruthers, Ian Gibbons, SJ (Principal), Tom Santel '76 (Chair, Board of Trustees) and John Schaefer '70 (Board of Trustees).

Grounded in the school's core Jesuit, Catholic values, Go Forth is investing in:

  • Scholarship & Accessibility ($37 million): SLUH's commitment to need-blind admission without a cap on financial aid is a hallmark of its mission. Go Forth will grow the endowment to a level that allows SLUH to continue to admit and support all qualified students, regardless of their families' economic circumstances.

  • Program Excellence ($10 million): Opportunities abound with further emphasis on collaborative learning, cross-curricular themes and project-based experiential learning while maintaining the Jesuit tradition of rigorous academics and moral formation. Focus areas include: student support services (including college counseling), STEM, global education (including Arabic and international program expansion) and campus ministry and service initiatives.

  • 21st Century Campus ($20 million): Go Forth's commitment to program excellence requires a modern campus. In addition to addressing needs of its nearly 100-year-old building, SLUH has exciting plans for a renovated chapel, the David J. and Kelly E. Laughlin Campus Ministry Center, a new world learning center, upgraded science labs and classrooms, the James Guth Costigan '62 Innovation Lab, a new media lab, The J. Anthony '57 and Donna M. Dill Center for Academic Success, the Madonna Della Strada Retreat Center and a new fine arts center.

  • An additional $3 million will fund campaign activity and any bridge financing for capital projects.

SLUH moves forward from a strong position. A vibrant community of about 1,000 students and 150 faculty and staff, it continues to be an active partner in the City of St. Louis by developing future leaders of competence and high moral caliber, in addition to contributing 50,000 service hours to the metropolitan area each year. Go Forth continues SLUH's 200-year tradition of innovating and adapting, while inspiring young men to become 'men for others' who promote solidarity and work for the common good.

Early support from generous alumni and benefactors has contributed to more than $54-million of the $70-million campaign goal.

SLUH had planned to celebrate St. Louis U. High Day with a student pilgrimage in downtown St. Louis. Those plans, however, were postponed to the spring due to inclement weather.

Gallery: Go Forth

From top: Campaign brochure highlighting key focus areas, student and alumni profiles; campaign launch video, with remarks from Alan Carruthers (President), Tom Santel '76 (Chair, Board of Trustees) and John Schaefer '70 (Board of Trustees); and campaign launch photos.


Brochure and event photos by Sulli Wallisch '19. Sulli is a leader in the photography and circus clubs at SLUH. "In my future, I hope to make an impact in the world through engineering as I design and manufacture new generations of tools and products to better society," he says. "Additionally, I hope to continue making an impact with photography. I've found photography has an amazing potential to convey emotions and a celebration of life."

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