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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. 

Getting Pre-Health Right: One Family’s Response

Cornelia, C'85, and Joe LaRussa, C'84, are showing how one family has responded to the Hippocrates Challenge. Wanting to "get pre-health right," they have provided funds to expand the curriculum to needed coursework and have also helped provide direction for the program.

The Waddells in Fulford Hall

The Waddells Tell a Sewanee Family Story

Inspired by the mentorship of a beloved economics professor, the Waddell Family of Memphis is honoring a pivotal teacher-student relationship by creating The Waddell Family Internship in Business Honoring Duke Waddell C’61 and Prof. James Edward Thorogood C’35. The fund will begin supporting students who find great summer internships that are otherwise unpaid.  

Student with test tube

Hippocrates Challenge Bolsters Pre-Health Programs

A gift from an anonymous donor has created the Hippocrates Challenge for pre-health. Sewanee is challenging medical professionals to come together as a group to match the $500,000 challenge gift to create a $2 million endowment to support medical internships, enhanced advising, preparation for pre-professional examinations and challenging clinical experiences. 

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.