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Drive for New Gym Nears Goal
Front Entrance of Gymnasium Nears Completion
Side Entrance to Swimming Pool Area Almost Finished
Intensive Effort Continues
To Match Challenge Gift
Chowan College is now in an entensive drive to
raise the final $400,000 of its campaign for a new
$2.5 million gymnasium-physical education center.
Reaching the goal is doubly important to
Chowan, according to President Bruce E.
Whitaker. Not only will it signal the completion of
the drive, but enable the college to claim a $500,000
challenge gift for the new facility, he said.
The challenge grant was made in August by an
anonymous donor who stipulated that the college
raise an additional $400,000 to complete and equip
the gymnasium-physical education facility at a
total project cost of $2.5 million.
Naming to Honor Baptist Layman
The donor also requested that the new facility
be named in honor of Jesse Helms, Baptist layman
and United States Senator from North Carolina.
Mrs. Texie Camp Marks of Boykins, Va., na
tional honorary chairman for the “Accomplishing
Oui‘ Mission” drive, announced that Chowan is now
within $210,000 of reaching its final $400,000 goal,
allowing it to qualify for the $500,000 grant.
E. L. HoUowell of Edenton, campaign national
chairman, challenged all friends and supporters of
the college “to join in this effort to raise the $400,000
and claim the victory by Christmas.”
The national leadership gifts co-chairman, J.
J. Harrington of Lewiston, pointed out that by
reaching the $400,000 goal, the college will realize
substantial savings on interest charges. “The an
nualized interest savings on that amount will be
$75,000,” he noted.
Gym to Expand Services to Students
Dr. Whitaker emphasized the importance of
the new gymnasium-physical education center in
serving Chowan students. “We’re excited about the
prospect of having this new facility for use by our
students. It will enable the college to provide the
space and equipment which we have lacked in our
present gym, and to expand our services to the
benefit of all of our students.”
He continued, “we would like to thank the
many different individuals and groups who have
helped the college in its campaign for the new Jesse
Helms gjminasium-physical education center. We
are very appreciative of the efforts of members of
the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors, alum
ni, the campaign leadership, and other friends and
The president added, “we are in the ‘short
rows’, on the verge of completing our drive and
fulfilling the dream of the college to provide a
quality facility for its students. I would like to
challenge all of the college’s friends and supporters
to double their efforts so we might reach our goal
as soon as possible. This can be done on a cash gifts
or pledge basis.”
Whitaker said the gymnasiiun-physical educa
tion center is expected to be completed in mid-