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 February 2013

Charter Day Gift Announcement

Columbia College celebrates 162 years - and a major gift donation.

On Jan. 18, 1851, Christian Female College received its charter from the Missouri Legislature, making it the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. Columbia College faculty, staff and students gathered to applaud the school’s history and continued success on Jan. 17 in Dorsey Gym. Dr. Gerald Brouder, Dr. Terry Smith, Dr. Brad Lookingbill and Nollie Moore were among those presenting at the 162nd Charter Day event.


After Dr. Brouder provided his annual lecture about Columbia College and beyond 150 years ago, he made a major gift announcement: M.J. Walther Donnelly ’43 has given more than $500,000 to the Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign. Donnelly’s gift, which is one of the largest in college history, will endow scholarships in her name, providing additional financial support to English majors, and support the construction of the new science building.

Originally from Ohio, Donnelly attended Christian College in 1941. During her undergraduate career, Donnelly became somewhat of a fixture on campus, where she excelled in the classroom, led multiple student organizations and served as the yearbook editor. After graduation, Donnelly furthered her education at Barnard College - Columbia University and the University of Dayton. Donnelly continued to serve Columbia College as a volunteer, assisting with fundraising and recruitment efforts.

To date, the Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign has raised more than $8 million to support the areas of arts and humanities, business, athletics, adult higher education and science, including the creation of a state-of-the-art science building, which will be dedicated fall 2013. For updates on the science building, and to see live progress of its construction, click here.