$3 Million Commitment Advances Wellness Project
At its meeting in December, the Board of Regents gave its approval for a project to create a new wellness and recreation facility, yet to be named, on the site of the Sewanee bookstore. A $3 million commitment from Lee, C’67, and Dorothy Thomas has helped move the project forward.
A design by Wier Boerner Allin of Jackson, Mississippi, leaves the building’s exterior the way it was originally built, while replacing additions that have been made in stages over decades with a new two-level building behind what is now the bookstore. The Lee and Dorothy Thomas Wellness Center will occupy most of the lower floor, along with the offices of the Sewanee Outing Program. The Thomas gift increased the total raised to date for the overall facility project to just under $8 million.
Sewanee kicks off regional campaign events
The launch of the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign continued with the first in a series of regional events in Nashville on Jan. 10. Regional events will also be held in Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Jacksonville in January and then Birmingham, Memphis, Houston, and San Antonio in February. More than 20 events are scheduled for this year—and more in 2018.
Lyndhurst and Riverview Foundations Back Novel Science on the River
Starting In late July and lasting about a month, Sewanee and partners will be launching the Tenneswim project, an end-to-end characterization of the Tennessee River: its general health, the presence of microplastics and heavy metals, the health of river fauna, and other measures. This scientific and public education project will be conducted through an amazing feat of physical endurance, with a German researcher and long-distance swimmer swimming the entire length of the river. Grants from the Lyndhurst and Riverview Foundations have led the way as donors continue to support this project.
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.