#TigerTuesday raises more than $643,000 in one day
On Tuesday, May 9, Sewanee hosted its first-ever one-day giving challenge—#TigerTuesday—and engaged the University family around the world. The event raised an unprecedented $643,285 for the Sewanee Fund from 1,943 generous donors.
“This historic event began thanks to the generosity of two alumni who came together to inspire the University family to support the Sewanee Fund,” said Whitney Franklin, director of the Sewanee Fund. “The donors offered to match the first $150,000 in gifts and to provide an additional $50,000 if at least 1,500 donors made a gift by the end of the day.”
Thomas gift spurs Wellness Commons forward
Late last year, a gift of $3 million from Dorothy and Lee, C’67, Thomas gave a shot of energy to a project to build a new facility for health and wellness on University Avenue at the site of the current University Bookstore. As the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign rolls out, this new health and wellness center will be a top priority.
The wellness and recreation facility will house the Sewanee Outing Program, the Lee and Dorothy Thomas Wellness Center, and a store for publications, sundries, and grab-and-go items. A fitness center will occupy the space where the main floor of the bookstore is now, with most bookstore functions being relocated, possibly to the Sewanee Village, as part of the village renewal program. The Thomas Wellness Center will anchor the lower floor, along with a new and much improved space for the Sewanee Outing Program. All the functions related to the well-being of students in general will find a home in this graciously designed building.
Lindsey Hollin, C’00, sets a Cornerstone
“So this is like an adopt-a-student program,” said Lindsey Hollin, C’00, when a representative of Sewanee approached her about setting up a Cornerstone Scholarship. That idea appealed to Hollin, and she agreed to make a four-year commitment at $5,000 per year, which will allow her not only to support a Sewanee student, but to follow that student’s Sewanee career, through letters, an annual stewardship luncheon, and other opportunities.
Bryan gift expands business opportunities
Sewanee is well known for the intellectual rigor of its classes, for its lack of grade inflation, and for standing on a firm foundation of traditional academic disciplines. Even through the generational turnover of faculty, these principles are unaltered. At the same time, Sewanee is building new, integrative and interdisciplinary programs such as pre-health, business, civic engagement, and environmental studies. And, the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign is helping to ensure that these new approaches will prepare students for their futures while honoring the institution’s past.
One of these integrative programs is the innovative W. Polk Carey Business Program, a combination of curricular education offered through a business minor and co-curricular enrichment made available through the Babson Center for Global Commerce.
Wiles’s EFM involvement leads to gift
The University of the South has received a generous gift of $100,000 from Sissie and Fred Wile for the Beecken Center of the School of Theology. This gift supports Stronger Truer Sewanee—The Campaign for the University of the South’s plan to move the School of Theology back to central campus and into a new facility for both the seminary and the Beecken Center.
Karen Meridith, executive director of Education for Ministry and associate director of the Beecken Center, says, “The Wile gift will help make it possible for us to have up-to-date spaces intentionally built for the variety of training events and workshops offered by the Beecken Center, from small groups in circles, to certificate courses, to large international conferences meeting via Internet connection.”
The University launches The Sewanee Fund
Annual gifts made by dedicated alumni have always been a vital part of the financing of a Sewanee education. Some alumni choose to make a gift that is unrestricted, that can be used for what Sewanee needs most. That kind of gift really helps undergird the Sewanee Experience in changing times and economic conditions.
If you are interested in a gift that goes beyond current-use dollars, named endowed internship funds begin at the $100,000 level. Named endowed scholarship funds begin at the $150,000 level for the College and $75,000 for the School of Theology.