Welcome to the 2016 Signum University fundraising campaign!

Signum University relies on your support in order to keep all our educational programs running. The goal for our campaign is $50,000.

$42,605 – 85.2%

Our 2016 Fall Campaign runs from Hobbit Day to Halloween – that is, September 22 through October 31.

During this fall’s campaign, we are setting out to meet or exceed our entire annual goal in gifts and pledges. These funds will provide a firm foundation that allows Signum to operate confidently for the current academic year.

Please help us continue to make Signum’s unique educational opportunities and capabilities available to more people!

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Special Fundraising Events

During the Fall Campaign, Signum University will hold two special fundraising events with sub-goals.

LOTRO Gryfflet Marathon:

LOTRO Marathon: $11,794 – 100%

We’ve exceeded our initial $5,000 goal for the LOTRO marathon! That means we will be holding the Wigend marathon on Oct. 22. In addition, Dr. Olsen will be holding a special audience-chosen Rift run (date/time TBA) for hitting the interim goal of $2,500. Thank you all who donated as part of this event!

During the event, Dr. Olsen added two additional “stretch” goals:

  • $7,500 – If we reach this amount, Dr. Olsen will conduct a “Warbanding with Wigend” event.
  • $10,000 – If we reach this goal, Dr. Olsen will conduct a session that includes the entire Road to Erebor quest chain!

Donate towards these additional stretch goals here >

A Secret Vice and Other Topical Seminars

Special Seminars: $6,575 – 100%

We reached our initial $2,500 goal for the “A Secret Vice” seminar led by Dr. Dimitra Fimi and Dr. Andrew Higigns!

As a result, Signum University is announcing an annual goal of $15,000 to support 5 additional seminars like this throughout the upcoming year. Please continue to support future seminars using the link below.

Donate for Special Topic Seminars here >

Campaign Videos

This fall, we are also celebrating our five-year anniversary of Signum University! University President Dr. Corey Olsen has created a series of videos that take a look back at where Signum has been, celebrate where Signum and its students are right now, and look forward to Signum’s future.

In addition, videos of many of the events held throughout the campaign will be made available for those who cannot attend live.

To watch these videos, along with other videos produced by Signum University, visit our YouTube page and our iTunes U courses.

Mythgard Institute Weekly Events

During the Fall Campaign, please also join us for our regularly scheduled Mythgard Institute programs, including:

  • Weekly Mythgard Academy discussions on Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction novel, The Dispossessed (Wednesdays at 9:30pm ET)
  • Biweekly Silmarillion Film Project discussions (every other Friday at 10am ET)
  • Weekly LOTRO sessions starring Gryfflet the burglarious Hobbit (Fridays at 12:30pm-ish ET)
  • Weekly LOTRO adventures and shenanigans (Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET – meet in-game at the kin house!)

2016 Fall Campaign Events

Click on the links for more information about each event.

Campaign Kick-Off

Dr. Corey Olsen

Thursday, Sept. 22, 9:30 p.m. EDT

Mythgard Academy: Nightfall

Dr. Corey Olsen

Thursday, Sept. 29, 9:30pm EDT

LOTRO: Gryfflet Marathon

Dr. Corey Olsen

Saturday, Oct. 1, Noon EDT

SilmFilm Discussion

Dr. Corey Olsen, Ted Nasmith

Monday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Thesis Chat

Sørina Higgins, Kris Swank

Friday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. EDT

A Secret Vice Seminar

Dr. Andrew Higgins and Dr. Dimitra Fimi

Sunday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. EDT

LOTRO: Special Discussion with MadeOfLions

Dr. Corey Olsen, Jeffrey Libby

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 4:00 pm EDT

LOTRO: Wigend Marathon

Dr. Corey Olsen

Saturday, Oct. 22, Noon EDT


Dr. Corey Olsen et al

Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 am EDT

Cover image courtesy Robert Engberg on flickr (CC BY 2.0)