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Divine Maloney, C'17, shares his Sewanee Story

Divine Maloney, C17, was one of three students who presented their Sewanee story to the Board of Trustees on October 7. He shares his experience as a student athlete, a double major, and a self-proclaimed freshman knucklehead.

As he begins his senior year, Maloney is now a computer science and Spanish double major, captain of the football team, and published researcher. "So, how did things get better?" he asked. "Sewanee, that's how."

Watch Divine's story and know your gifts and pledges to the Sewanee Fund will make an immediate impact on the lives of Sewanee students.     

Study in Place

Professor Deborah McGrath was in the weeds on this one. In fact she was pulling the weeds. It was a hot day in early June, and a complex process to design and build a constructed wetland, an innovative wastewater treatment system, was about to come to fruition. A few days later, a landscape crew would come to plant native bulrushes and other wetland plants in the new facility, but for now, McGrath and several students were pulling the weeds that had sprouted in the imported topsoil.

The Antman Cometh

Geanina Fripp and Scott Summers, both C’16, are in the ecology lab in Sewanee’s Spencer Hall, surrounded by hundreds of specimen tubes, each containing a single ant. They lean in toward a computer monitor showing a curving graph. “It’s a rarefaction curve,” says Summers. “It’s showing us that we have kind of passed the point where it is likely we will be discovering many more species of ants.” The two students have been collecting ants as part of a larger, multidimensional project in Haiti. Their efforts enjoyed a boost this fall when David Lubertazzi, a post-doctoral fellow from Harvard, came to campus to take a look at the project.


Dining workers focus on making food appealing through preparation and presentation

Campaign Gift from Parents Upgrades Dining Experience

Every morning, if you have a a email address, you are going to get a message from Chef Rick, executive chef and interim director of Sewanee Dining. Part food history, part nutrition advice, part promotion of the menu, the email messages are a kind of performance, encouraging the community to be more mindful about food. Now, thanks to a generous gift from David and Edie Johnson, these messages are combined with a reorganization of the McClurg Hall and a focus on visible food preparation that helps students make good food choices.

Theatre Students Launch Careers from Tennessee Williams Center

Deep in the bowels of the Tennessee Williams Center, Huntre Woolwine C’16 is leading a tour for the Class of 1965 at its 50th Reunion. Woolwine is engaging and the class members are impressed by the facility. “I had no idea this was here,” several exclaim. “We certainly didn’t have anything this impressive when I was here.” Woolwine leads the group through the labyrinth, showing costuming rooms, set construction and design, and the impressive studio theatre, reportedly the very first computer-assisted theatre design laboratory at a college in the United States.

Smith Endowment to Support Experiential Learning

Through the leadership of Suzanne Dansby, C'81, a new fund is being created that will support faculty and students who are doing place-based study on the Cumberland Plateau and the southern Appalachians. The Gerald Smith Experiential Learning Fund will support teaching and research using methodology pioneered by Smith in his religion classes at Sewanee. 

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.