The Fontana di Verità at Bellarmine University’s Piazza Clayton was made possible by a gift from the Francis Paul Clayton family. The fountain’s black granite wall, 65 feet long and 6 ½ feet tall, is engraved with the university’s Latin motto, In Veritatis Amore (In the love of truth). A sheet of water cascades over the face of the wall into a basin, where it continuously recycles. All who are present in the space are encouraged to speak only the truth, so plan your visit accordingly. | Courtesy of Bellarmine

Bellarmine University has completed a $100 million capital campaign that has established scholarships, new academic pathways and paid for the construction or renovation of 11 facilities on its Highlands campus, including offices, a dining hall and the Clayton Truth Wall.

Susan Donovan

The university called the impact of the campaign “transformative,” while its new president, Susan M. Donovan, said she hopes to move the institution “to even greater prominence and impact in the local, regional and global society.”

The private, Catholic institution, which is in the Highlands, has about 4,000 students, including 2,650 undergraduates. Enrollment has grown 46 percent since 2005. Tuition and fees cost $40,350, up $1,000, or 2.5 percent, from last school year.

The university said in a press release that it raised nearly $101 million from 44,000 gifts ranging from $1 to $5 million, with more than $30 million coming from alumni.

The funds supported, among other things, 49 scholarships, five professorships, international study opportunities, the Institute for Advanced Analytics and initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Bellarmine said the funds also helped construct or renovate 11 campus facilities, including Centro’s McGowan Hall, which houses classrooms offices, the school of business and the analytics institute; the University Dining Hall; the Michael E. Hobbs Endowed Physical Therapy Service Learning Clinic; and the Clayton Truth Wall outside Our Lady of the Woods Chapel.

The university said that the campaign “was guided by Vision 2020, an ambitious plan developed by former president Joseph McGowan that set a broad vision for new schools, new majors, new faculty, new buildings and new ways to serve Louisville, the state and the region.”

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Boris Ladwig
Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.