The most innovative priority of the Forward campaign is raising funds to launch science and technology programs at Cairn University. New computer labs and software, upgraded science labs and food preparation facilities, specialized exercise science equipment, and additional faculty will enable the University to prepare biblically minded professionals to serve in these high-demand fields shaping today’s world.
In 2016, Cairn received a generous gift of $300 thousand to support new computer science programs. In honor of 86-year-old engineer and former Cairn student, Bill Stillman Jr., the Stillman family’s gift pushed total pledges towards new Science and Technology programs past the 25% mark of the campaign priority’s $1.5 million goal.
“Looking at the decline in the number of Christian colleges and universities that have maintained a commitment to biblical studies, I think Cairn University is increasingly unique in requiring 30 credits of Bible for a degree,” says Ed Stillman, Bill’s son and secretary of Cairn’s Board of Trustees. “To be able to do that with engineering and the sciences would be tremendous.”
To date, more than $476 thousand has been secured towards new science and technology programs at Cairn. Key fundraising milestones are on the horizon:
- Begin construction on upgraded computer lab and new server lab
- Hire additional faculty specializing in computer science and mathematics
An additional $1.025 million is needed to realize the University’s mission to educate biblically minded students to serve the church, society, and the world through science and technology. Here’s one scenario that will help us close the gap: