Posted on November 3, 2017 · Posted in General, News

Defend the Glory: The Campaign for St. Laurence is the largest capital campaign in school history. The fundraising initiative aims to raise $2.5 million for student aid, $1.5 million for faculty excellence and $1 million for technology and facility improvements. If you are interested in donating to the campaign, please visit This story also appears in the Fall 2017 edition of Vision, St. Laurence’s alumni magazine.

When we ask our alums why they choose to support STL, we often hear stories of faculty, staff, and coaches that made a positive impact.

Mike Turney ’95 is no different.

“St. Laurence provided me with a sense of accountability and balance that I carry with me today,” said Mike. He credits the development of his strong work ethic to the lessons he learned at STL and the teachers who taught them. “It’s more than just a job for those who work at St. Laurence. The faculty and staff put in a tremendous amount of time and do so because they care.”

When it came time to supporting the Defend the Glory campaign, the decision to do so was an easy one for Mike. “The campaign priorities – financial assistance for students and the opportunity to invest in the talented faculty currently on board at STL – are perfectly aligned.” As 80% of the campaign goal will be earmarked toward student support and faculty investment, Mike was pleased that the funds he provides will go directly toward supporting the core of the school – the dedicated faculty and students.

Mike is motivated by the current direction of the school. “I just have so many positive feelings about what is happening at St. Laurence today. There’s a great sense of direction. (President) Joe (Martinez) has a plan and knows how to execute it.”

When asked what he would say to his peers and fellow Vikings about why they should consider supporting the school, Mike responded very decisively. “Gifts of all sizes help. Understand the impact you can have on our families who are working hard to provide their children with a Catholic education and the faculty who are working hard in the classroom every day.”