Historic photo of Thompson Union with cars parked out front

The Past is Future

Sewanee hopes that end-of-campaign philanthropy will breathe new life into a storied structure on University Avenue. Reborn in the 1950 after a catastrophic fire, Thompson Union is slated to become a new center for student life on the University corridor. 

Bill Laurie driving a golf car at the Plantation campus of American Heritage School.

The Whole Person

Bill Laurie, C'52, has created an ambitious social enterprise and brought many families along with him. His American Heritage School and Academy is one of the finest private schools in the country, but for Laurie, education is all about relationships. Read more about his story here and in the Fall issue of Sewanee Magazine. 

Todd and Mary Georgi at Machu Picchu

Great Teachers and Great Students

Mary and Todd Georgi, C'69, have made a generous estate commitment that will "provide access, value, and opportunity" in the form of scholarships and "reinforce academic distinction" through a new monetary award for faculty at strategic points in their careers. The Georgis were motivated both by Todd's experience as a student and the couple's experience as faculty members in their respective institutions. 

Sewanee Receives Grant of $800,000 to build a program in Southern Studies

A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is reinforcing academic distinction by helping Sewanee enhance offerings and institutional reach around the concept of Southern Studies. The grant will bring needed expertise in digital humanities and help make Sewanee a home to inter-institutional professional associations around topics related to Southern Studies. 

Family portrait

Sewanee Parents Enrich the Sewanee Experience

Gifts from Sewanee parents have helped "Enrich the Sewanee Experience" throughout the campaign. Some of the latest gifts include contributions to the equestrian program (from a group of parents) and to the Wellness Commons by the Johnson Family of Houston Texas. The Bates Family recently made a generous contribution toward the Centennial House Project, and Davis and Christian Owen have established a generous endowment to support the tennis program.

Eric and Michelle Benjamin in parade

Benjamin Family's Life and Work Address Student Need

Eric Benjamin, C'76, P'08 and Michelle Benjamin, P'08 have long applied their talent toward developing the programs and relationships that will address student need. In the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign, they have also applied their treasure, making a significant gift to support cultural programs and civic engagement.