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Spectrum

From the President

I hope you caught the drone video footage of the Lillard Science Center renovation and construction project that was posted on Facebook and embedded in emails in July.

The building’s exterior is nearly complete and work is now under way on the interior. I am happy to report that the entire $43 million project is slated to be done on time for the 2018–19 academic year.

I am likewise pleased to announce our progress in raising funds for “Access: The Campaign for Lake Forest College.” Thanks to the generous support of our trustees, alumni, parents, friends, and faculty and staff, we have secured $96 million in total commitments toward our $125 million campaign goal. Those commitments include all donations and pledges since 2013–14 for the Lillard Science Center, academic programs, faculty support, career advancement, student scholarships, the annual fund, and deferred gifts/estate provisions.

In other good news, the College has been approved for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, which is charged with setting standards for institutions of higher education in the Midwest. While we had no doubts about the results of the reaccreditation process, it is an arduous and lengthy one. I want to take this opportunity to thank Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty Michael Orr for his leadership in preparing the College for reaccreditation.

This issue of Spectrum explores the College’s expanded internship program, which has grown dramatically in recent years. Last year, 93 percent of 2016 graduates reported completing at least one internship or career-related experience during their time at the College.

Take a look back at the great yearbook photos from the reunion years between 1967 and 2002, the last year in which The Forester was published. These photos, and many more, will be on display at the College’s 160th birthday celebration taking place during Homecoming, October 6 and 7. We hope you’ll join us for a toast to Forester history and pride!