March 2003   printer  

  • Parrent is Named Interim Dean at School of Theology
  • Ben Tuck Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
  • See Who is Invited to the Class of 2007
  • Medieval Colloquium is April 4 and 5
  • Ten Percent of Sewanee Students Heading to Alternate Spring Break
  • Donor Profile: John Scott, C'66
  • Stretch Your Donation With a Matching Gift
  • Plans For New Art Building Announced: Fundraising Begins
  • Sewanee Summer Seminar Lineup is Announced
  • Reunion Giving Update
  • Bookstore Transition
  • Sewanee Club Events
  • Athletic News

Parrent is Named Interim Dean at School of Theology

Dr. Allan Parrent has been appointed interim dean of the School of Theology.
He will serve in this position while the search process for a permanent dean
is underway.

According to Dr. Joel L. Cunningham, vice chancellor of the University of
the South, "Dean Parrent brings to Sewanee outstanding experience and
recognition throughout the Episcopal theological education community." For
more information, go to:

Ben Tuck Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Senior Ben Tuck, from Pell City, Ala., and a star football player, has been
awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Tuck—majoring in Latin with a 3.90 cumulative grade point average—is the
24th Sewanee athlete, and the 14th Sewanee football player, to receive the
NCAA award since the program's inception in 1965. That ties Sewanee with
Harvard University for NCAA Postgraduate scholars. For more on this, go to:

See Who is Invited to the Class of 2007

You can now go online and see who has been invited to join the Sewanee
Class of 2007. Use the link: http://www.sewanee.edu/admits.html to get to a
list that shows all who have been admitted via the merit scholar and early
decision process. This will be updated next week to include all regular
admission candidates. Take a look at the list, which is organized by state,
and please contact students you know or those in your hometown to help and
encourage them to join the Sewanee family. By sharing your enthusiasm for
Sewanee, you can have a positive impact on the Class of 2007.

Medieval Colloquium is April 4 and 5

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium is a multi-disciplinary conference on the
Middle Ages held annually on the campus of the University of the South. This
year's meeting, on the theme "The Legacy of Antiquity in the Middle Ages,"
will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5. For more information, go
to: http://sewaneetoday.sewanee.edu/2002homenews/8802.html .

Ten Percent of Sewanee Students Heading to Alternate Spring Break

More than ten percent of the University of the South's undergraduate
students will spend their spring break this year in places like Jamaica,
Costa Rica, and Ecuador abroad, and in New York City, New Orleans and Miami
here in the U.S. as they work on service projects with Sewanee's Outreach

This month, 34 students will head to Kingston, Jamaica where they will be
building a shop for a craftsman in a Trench Town neighborhood, whose
business is doing well enough to need additional space. They will also be
building a piece of playground equipment in the Riverton area, (one of
Kingston's most impoverished areas) and staffing a home of safety for
abandoned children in another section of town. This is the 14th year Sewanee
students have gone to Jamaica for spring break. For more, go to:
http://sewaneetoday.sewanee.edu/2002homenews/8411.html .

Donor Profile: John Scott, C'66

When John Scott, C'66, left college, he took a position with Kemper Insurance
for what he thought might be a couple of years. Thirty-three years later he
retired as the chairman and CEO of the life insurance companies. Now he is
helping Sewanee as a Regent and helping Sewanee students by providing
important scholarship resources. Read more about Scott in the donor profiles
at http://ur.sewanee.edu.

Stretch Your Donation With a Matching Gift

What better way to support and strengthen Sewanee's mission than by
supplementing your gift with a matching gift from your participating
organization? To find out if you are eligible to participate in this program
through your employer, click on "Matching Gift Company Online Search" at
http://www.sewaneeonline.com. Or you may call Tara Smith, Matching Gifts
Coordinator, at 800-367-1179.

Plans For New Art Building Announced: Fundraising Begins

Sewanee's Greg Pond, assistant professor of art and a talented young
sculptor, and Ed Carlos, a senior professor of painting and art history,
have, among other shared characteristics, the ability to use borrowed space
for their work. Pond's sculpture classes take place at the dairy barn on
Brakefield Road, while Carlos has colonized the old dining hall in Gailor
for studio art. Once funding is secured, each professor and their students
will have a new well-equipped facility in which to teach and learn art.
Across Georgia Avenue from the new residence hall, the building will be
close to the academic quadrangle, part of the plan to centralize teaching
space in the campus core. Click on the project updates link on
http://ur.sewanee.edu/ to read more about the plans and to see a new drawing
of the planned building's exterior.

Sewanee Summer Seminar Lineup is Announced

The Sewanee Summer Seminar has a great lineup this year! Alumni and friends
are invited to one of the Seminar Sessions to hear and converse with five
Sewanee professors. Steve Shrader (Music) will speak on "The Fallen Woman"
using Dumas' "Camille" and Verdi's "La Traviata"; Kelly Malone (English)
will hold forth on The South Sea Bubble of 1721: Pope's Epistle to Bathurst
on the Uses of Wealth; John Willis (History) will address the era following
the Civil War; Richard O'Connor (Anthropology, and Director of the Center
for Teaching) will speak on the anthropology of education and may do a talk
relating to his research on eating disorders; Harold Goldberg (History) will
address World War II including a talk on the Battle of Saipan and a talk on
World War II and Morality. Titles and short lecture descriptions will be in
our brochure.

Session One is June 22-27; Session Two is July 6-11. Contact Bran Potter at
bpotter@sewanee.edu for a brochure or more information.

Reunion Giving Update

It has been four months since Homecoming, and only four months remain for
reunion gifts to be added to the total for each class celebrating a reunion.
For most classes ending in 2 or 7, there is still work to be done in
reaching either the dollar goal or the participation goal or both. If you
belong to a reunion class and want to be included, please visit
or call the Sewanee Fund staff at 800-367-1179.
For classes celebrating reunions in 2003, your campaigns are in the planning
stages. Please get in touch with your class gift chair if you would like to
be involved.

Bookstore Transition

The changeover from Follett to Barnes and Noble as the University Book and
Supply Store vendor continues to progress with the official switchover set
for March 12. On that day an inventory will be taken, and it is expected
that by the end of the Spring Break, (March 12-23), a new inventory will be
in place and the new store website will be live. More details will follow
here next month.

Sewanee Club Events

  • Atlanta- March 20- The Sewanee Club of Atlanta and the Office of Career
    Services will host a gathering at Philippe's Bistro from 6 to 8 p.m. This
    will be an opportunity for you to meet the Sewanee juniors and seniors
    participating on the Career Excursion to Atlanta.

  • Pensacola—March 20—The Sewanee Club of Pensacola will host an opportunity
    for you to meet Vice Chancellor Joel and Trudy Cunningham at Skopelos on the
    Bay beginning at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person.

  • Mobile—March 21—The Sewanee Club of Mobile will host a dinner at The
    Country Club of Mobile with special guests Joel and Trudy Cunningham.

  • Sewanee— April 3—The Sewanee Club of Sewanee will host a reception at
    Blackman Auditorium to celebrate the launch of our new Alumni Gateway, a
    online community that features an alumni directory, lifetime email, and a
    career services network.

  • Chapel Hill—April 3—The Sewanee Club of the Triangle will host a happy
    hour at Brixx on Meadowmont Village Circle from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Memphis— April 10—The Sewanee Club of Memphis will host a spring gathering
    at the Chickasaw Country Club. Guests from the Mountain will include Rob
    Pearigen, C'76, Dean of Students and Professor of Political Science, and Jay
    Fisher, C'79, Executive Director of the Associated Alumni.

  • Saluda, NC—April 24—The Associated Alumni invites you to join us for an
    evening with Willie Cocke, C'51, Professor of English Emeritus. We will
    gather for a cocktail supper at the Orchard Inn, owned and operated by Kathy
    and Bob Thompson, parents of Robert Thompson, C'94. We have the entire inn
    reserved and invite you to make plans to stay the night if you will be
    traveling to this event. To make reservations at the Orchard Inn, call (800)

For more information on any of these events or to make reservations, please
call Rachel Robinson toll free at (888) 867-6884 or email

Athletic News

Equestrian News—The Sewanee Hunter Seat Equestrian Team has won three
straight shows, while the Western Riders were reserve champion at the MTSU
Show, Feb. 21.

All-SCAC in basketball—Senior Jonathan Jarrett, sophomore Jason Smith and
freshman Sally Jackson earned honorable mention All-SCAC honors for the
recently completed basketball season.

In Swimming, sophomore Elizabeth Land
was SCAC Female Swimmer of the Year for the second straight time.

Cross Country—The Sewanee men's and women's cross country teams have
earned the NCAA Division III Academic All-American Team honors for the 2002
fall semester. Individually, freshman Hallie Blunck (Mobile,
Ala./UMS-Wright) had a 3.91 GPA for the fall semester. She earned Academic
All-America honors as she had a minimum 3.50 GPA and finished in the top 25%
of the South-Southeast Region. For more on this and other Sewanee athletic
teams, go to: http://athletics.sewanee.edu/.

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