Inspiring Women Capital Campaign
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the goals of the Inspiring Women Capital Campaign?
There are four major goals of the campaign: the construction of a new building with a chapel and four high tech classrooms; new commitments toward enhanced technology, including a wireless network and laptop computers for every student; an increased endowment fund, allowing for additional tuition assistance for families in financial need; and the renovation of the Music & Arts Auditorium.
What progress have we made?
Thanks to the generous support of our community, St. Teresa’s has raised over $4.2 million dollars in gifts and pledges since the Inspiring Women Capital Campaign was launched in 2009. We have made significant progress on all four of our campaign goals, including the opening of the Windmoor Center. We still need to raise $600,000 to reach our goal.
Why did we build a chapel?
Our community’s shared commitment to bring our Catholic identity to the forefront is the driving force behind the Chapel of St. Joseph. From the beginning of the campaign, our alumnae, parents and friends supported having an intimate sacred space to enhance the experience and opportunities for our students to spend time in prayer, to deepen their faith and to grow in their relationship with God.
Why did we add additional high-tech classrooms?
STA is dedicated to bringing technology and advanced learning to each of our students. Four state-of-the-art classrooms will provide valuable teaching space for the Academy. The high-tech classrooms will open up a whole new world of curriculum for our students. They will provide opportunities for distance learning, interactive virtual communities and field trips, and a wide assortment of multimedia tools to enhance the educational experience. St. Teresa’s recognizes the importance of a global education--where students learn about our world, think beyond their borders, and succeed in an increasingly international and competitive world.
What was the design process for the Windmoor Center?
The design process for the new building was led by architects from Gould Evans. They recommended getting input from current faculty, staff and students to determine what was important for a worship space at the school, and how the space could convey the mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
• The architects conducted research and learned that St. Teresa of Avila was the patron saint of lace makers, and that in the1600’s the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet began making lace as a source of income and as a tool for women to escape poverty. The artistic tradition of lace making continues today and is considered a vital part of the heritage of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
• Armed with the understanding of the special connection between lace and the Sisters of St. Joseph, the architects began to study the beautiful architectural qualities of lace. They explored how to design a building that would balance the unique characteristics of both a chapel and four high tech classrooms.
The St. Teresa’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the location and design of the chapel and classroom building in May, 2010, and images were then shared with the community. After receiving feedback at various Information Sessions, the architects further defined beautiful details to the building design. The Windmoor Center was dedicated in January 2012.
How can I learn more?
For more information please contact Mary Beth Compton, executive director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.501.0031. Thank you for your support.