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    Building brilliant futures, together.

    Capital University is proud to introduce In Radiant Splendor Shine — a comprehensive fundraising campaign that builds on a rich history of academic excellence and strategically positions our institution to address the challenges of tomorrow.

    An iconic line from our alma mater, the campaign theme In Radiant Splendor Shine pays tribute to our collegiate home and the memories we all hold dear. It is in that spirit of light and splendor that we embark on this quest to build the legacy of Capital University for generations to come.

    At Capital, higher education is uniquely personal, preparing students not only for rewarding and meaningful careers, but also to lead fulfilling lives with a positive impact on society. Your gift helps to ensure that this valuable learning experience remains accessible to a diverse student population.

    For alumni, community partners, and all those who support our vision and mission, In Radiant Splendor Shine creates an opportunity to celebrate all that we have achieved together — and to play a vital role in shaping our future.


    Donor Stories

    Bill and Jan Haueisen

    Bill and Jan Haueisen: A Capital Love Story

    Bill and Jan Haueisens’ Capital story is one of love – for each other, for their family and for the university.

    After all, nine generations of Jan’s family and five generations of Bill’s family attended Capital over the years since its founding and one of Jan’s ancestors was among the original founders.

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    Trinity Lutheran Seminary

    Remembering the Dassel Family: Unrestricted Gift Continues Their Story of Love and Allegiance

    From the former Dassel family home, now the residence of Trinity Dean Kathryn Kleinhans, to a tree planted in honor of former Capital University Treasurer Virgil Dassel and the scholarship in his name, there is evidence of the family’s love and allegiance to Trinity and Capital.

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    Trinity Lutheran Seminary
    Kelly Kay  

    Kelly Kay: CapLaw ‘Drove a Passion’ for Toyota Executive

    Since graduating summa cum laude from Capital University Law School, Kelly Kay (L ’98) has held top leadership roles at Lyft, MasterCard, eBay and PayPal, and is today the President and chief financial officer for Toyota Research Institute – the Research & Development arm of the Japanese auto manufacturer.

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    Grant DuBois

    Grant DuBois Enjoys Sweet Life Thanks to Capital Education

    Dr. Grant DuBois (’67) is considered to be the “Father of Sweetener Research,” holds nearly 100 patents and was the first to be named a Research Fellow by The Coca-Cola Company. Yet, he says none of it might have been possible without the education and mentorship he received at Capital University.

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    Grant DuBois
    Trinity Lutheran Seminary

    In Memory of William Kahlenberg: Kahlenberg Scholars Honor Devotion to Capital

    Alan Shapiro was looking for the perfect way to honor the memory of his late husband the Rev. William Kahlenberg (’60, S ’64) when the perfect opportunity presented itself.

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    Capital University Cheerleaders

    Fisher Remains True to His School

    Dick Fisher, ’55, met his beloved wife, the late Marilyn “Lyn” Gauggel Fisher, ’54, when he was a football player and she was a cheerleader at Capital University. “My wife and I never would have had a 60-year relationship if I hadn’t been here and she hadn’t been here,” he says.

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    Capital University Cheerleaders
    Robert Schottenstein

    ‘Life-changing’ Education Spurs M/I Homes Gift for DEI Professorship

    Robert H. “Bobby” Schottenstein, L ’77, always knew he wanted to be a lawyer. He was greatly influenced by his cousin Melvin Schottenstein, a lawyer who along with Bobby’s father Irving, founded M/I Homes Inc.

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    The Alma Mater

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    Explore the possibilities.

    Your support is an investment in a brighter future.

    The In Radiant Splendor Shine campaign is a comprehensive fundraising effort designed to fuel innovation, elevate the learning experience, strengthen community partnerships, and ensure a Capital University education remains accessible to a diverse student population.

    Join us in building the legacy of Capital University for generations to come. Here are some of the many ways your gift can create meaningful impact.

    Funding Levels

    Facilities and Programs


    Entire Buildings (new construction)
    Names of buildings present special considerations for naming opportunities. In general a building should be named as directed by a donor if at least 50% of the building cost is contributed. 

    Building Additions and Renovations
    Building additions and renovations need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be given to such matters as type of usage, visibility and traffic flow.

    Portions of Buildings
    Individual rooms or wings in new or existing buildings such as auditoriums, lecture halls and lobbies, need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be given to such matters as type of usage, visibility and traffic flow.

    Unnamed Existing Buildings
    Currently unnamed buildings may be named by the establishment of an endowment, equivalent to 12.5% of the fair market value of the building.

    Relocation or Replacement
    The name on an existing facility will remain for the life of the building. The name on a facility to be demolished will not be transferred to a new facility except in such cases when a useful facility is relocated to serve the greater interest of the university.

    Named Colleges, Schools, Centers, or Institutes
    Associating an individual, corporation or foundation name with a college acknowledges great commitment on the part of the donor. The Board reserves the right, after consulting with the president and vice president for the university advancement to approve funding arrangement which best serve the interests of Capital.


    Student Awards


    One way to ensure your gift has impact is to invest directly in students through a fellowship or scholarship endowment. The availability of financial aid is critical to ensuring a Capital University education remains accessible and affordable.

    Named Graduate Fellowships
    Provides income to fund fellowships for graduate students.
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $250,000
    Annual Gift: $ 12,500

    Endowed Scholarship
    Income from this fund will provide financial aid to undergraduate students. Selection criteria will depend upon the donor’s preference and guidelines established by Capital.
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $25,000


    Faculty Awards


    To maintain our high standard of academic excellence, Capital University must be able to attract and retain the best and brightest – visionary leaders, innovative educators, and trusted mentors dedicated to unlocking student potential.

    Dean’s Endowed Chair
    A dean’s endowed chair will enable the university to honor or recruit an outstanding scholar who has demonstrated the potential of making exceptional contributions to his/her discipline and will serve as Dean of a university college.
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $2.5 million

    Endowed Chair or Director
    An endowed chair will enable the university to honor or recruit an outstanding scholar who has demonstrated the potential of making exceptional contributions to his/her discipline. Provides income toward an outstanding faculty member’s salary and related expenses, including research and professional conferences, and who serves as chair of a department.
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $1.5 million

    Distinguished Endowed Professorship
    A distinguished professorship will enable the university to honor or recruit an outstanding scholar who has demonstrated the potential of making exceptional contributions to his/her discipline. Income from the endowment will provide support toward salary, professional development, related research and program expenses.
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $750,000

    Visiting Professorship
    Provides income to apply toward the annual salary of a visiting professor. These professorships will allow the university to benefit from talent which would otherwise be unavailable to Capital. 
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $500,000

    Emerging Faculty Award
    Provides income to apply toward the annual salary and teaching/research expenses of an outstanding young faculty scholar. These funds will enable Capital to attract and retain the most promising young professors. (Age: 40 or younger)
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $250,000

    Endowed Lectureship
    Provides income for distinguished lecturers to be brought to campus:
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $100,000

    Faculty Research and Development Fund
    Provides an annual award to enhance a faculty member’s teaching and research activities:
    Minimum Endowment Gift: $100,000