Propelling the Liberal Arts and Engineering: Curious minds at work


For over 225 years, Union has delivered an exceptional liberal arts education, equipping generations of students with the skills to effectively address social, political and economic challenges. The rapid advance of technology has transformed virtually every aspect of our world. By marrying a vibrant and human liberal arts curriculum with dynamic and rigorous instruction in engineering, we will prepare our students to confront the challenges of an evolving future.

Our intensified focus on technology-infused liberal arts requires strategic investments in academic facilities, faculty talent and programs to deliver the rigorous experiences our students deserve. Early contributions to the Powering Union campaign supported the construction of a state-of-the-art integrated science and engineering complex and fulfilled our vision for a dynamic arts corridor through the transformation of the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts. We will establish endowed professorships across a number of growing disciplines to secure our academic leadership in those fields. In addition, we will support professional development, research and travel for faculty in all fields to ensure distinction in teaching, research and mentorship. These enhancements will benefit every Union student by providing unparalleled resources and opportunities that will prepare them to thrive across multiple tomorrows.


Campaign priorities:

  • Endowed faculty positions in computer science, engineering, economics, statistics, psychology, mathematics and physics
  • Faculty research and travel funds
  • Faculty development programs to support excellence in teaching and research
  • Lab and facility enhancements
  • Academic instrumentation and equipment

Rich and Mary Templeton

"The idea of liberal arts and engineering coming together makes sense, and what’s really exciting is that Union is positioned to be best at this. Mary and I are pleased to make a gift that touches so many things that are important to us. Now is a great time to be involved with Union and we’re just pleased to be able to do our part."

- Rich Templeton '80, Powering Union Campaign Launch, February 21, 2020

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To make a gift or learn more about Powering Union, please contact Scott Rava, assistant vice president for principal gifts and campaign director.

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