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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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Sewanee announces the largest capital campaign in University history

The University of the South has announced a $250 million fundraising campaign, called Stronger Truer Sewanee—The Campaign for the University of the South. The campaign is the most ambitious in Sewanee’s history.

To date, more than $175 million (70 percent of the goal) has already been raised; colleges typically announce the “public” phase of a fundraising campaign about halfway through.

Historic Gifts Challenge Others to Support the Sewanee Guarantee

A generous gift of almost $8 million to the University of the South will help support Sewanee’s strong commitment to keeping the cost of a top-quality college education as accessible as possible. The gift to support financial aid, from the estate of Emerson C. Winstead Jr., C’50, and Laura Battle Winstead, is the fourth largest single gift in Sewanee’s history, and the largest single gift to support financial aid.


When Sewanee approached Cornelia, C’85, and Dr. Joe, C’84, LaRussa about making a gift to the Hippocrates Challenge, the couple thought long and hard about the request. “We wanted to help Sewanee get this right, because the Pre-Health Program should provide a first-rate experience for our students,” says Cornelia Barrett LaRussa. “We are passionate about Sewanee, and we had several ideas about how we could best help based on what we had heard from Sewanee graduates, students who had rotated through our office, and on our own experiences 30 years ago, as well ast hose of our children [Barrett LaRussa, C’14, and Olivia LaRussa, C’16] and their classmates.”

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.