Building Your Own Tools
SUMMA is the brainchild of the the Reverend Christoph Keller III (father of Christoph Keller, C’08), an Episcopal priest and theologian currently serving as interim dean and rector of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. SUMMA offers high school students tools for reasoning and in-depth knowledge of the Christian theological tradition. Begun as a pilot project in Little Rock, the program is now expanding nationally through the Beecken Programs Center at the School of Theology.
McAllen Scholarship Continues to Support Seminarians
The receipt of a $100,000 gift to the School of Theology from Robert McAllen in December 2014 doubles the value of an incentive scholarship that the School awards annually to a master of divinity student. This gift continues the family legacy of giving that was begun by Dr. C. McAllen in 2008.
New Building and Location Will Support Continued Expansion of the School of Theology
In 1984, the School of Theology moved from St. Luke’s Hall in the center of campus to a space formerly occupied by the Sewanee Military Academy. In June 2015, the Board of Regents of the University of the South approved the plan to move the School of Theology back to central campus. This move is hailed for not only locating the School closer to much-needed resources, but also bringing a major part of the University’s Episcopal tradition back to the heart of the institution.
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.
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.