Greetings from the MU campus, where it is rather quiet now that the Fall Semester is over and the students have headed home for the holidays! During this season of giving and showing our appreciation for all that has been bestowed upon us, I think of the role philanthropy has played in helping to shape the future direction of our University.
212 Students Participated in Commencement
Saturday, before a standing-room only crowd, we celebrated the academic careers of 212 undergraduate and graduate students. Highlights of Commencement included having Charles Holmes as our speaker and recognizing Mrs. Dot Wyatt by awarding her the University Medallion. Rev. David Blackman, pastor of Hay Street United Methodist Church, delivered the Baccalaureate address earlier in the day.
Methodist Mission Trip to Haiti
Rev. Dr. Mike Safley will be leading a group of Methodist students, faculty and staff on a mission trip to Haiti over the holiday break. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they improve the lives of those in need and have a truly transformational experience. We look forward to sharing those experiences with you when the group returns to campus in January.
Health Sciences Building
We are on track to break ground for the new Health Sciences Building in 2014, thanks to the $2.6 million commitment by the McLean Foundation and the funding of a number of named gift opportunities within the new facility. This building will expand the academic space for the School of Health Sciences at Methodist University, including the proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy program. If you are interested in supporting this project, please let us know.
$250,000 Softball Challenge
We are excited to announce that an anonymous donor has committed to a dollar-to-dollar match, up to $250,000, for donations made to the Softball Fieldhouse by Dec. 31, 2013. Both pledges and completed gifts count towards the match. You can double your contribution by making a pledge or donation online through www.methodist.edu/giving.
Tim Richardson to Head Loyalty Day Drive
Tim Richardson, a member of the Foundation Board and National Campaign Committee, has agreed to chair the 2014 Loyalty Day Campaign, our annual drive for student scholarships. Loyalty Day will be February 25, 2014.
We are grateful for the many community partners who support Methodist University throughout the year. Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Cumberland Community Foundation and support from many community partners, Methodist University’s Center for Community Engagement has had a productive and organized year. Because of this support, more than 600 students have played an active role in the community by volunteering and partnering with area non-profits. Next year’s projects are already being planned. First, in collaboration with students from Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College, students will participate in a Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 20. Then, students will participate in a roadside clean-up on Jan. 25.
In closing, I would like to thank you for your support of Methodist University this year. We have so much to be thankful for. As the individual who has the “Best Job in America,” I truly believe the best is yet to be. Best wishes for the holiday season and New Year!