North Carolina Newspapers

    Meredith Herald
Volume XI, Issue 5
September 21,1994
Raleigh, North Carolina
Meredith celebrates the end of the Centennial Campaign
Noith Carolina Governor James B.
Hunt and over one thousand students,
&culty, trustees, and fnends will gather
at Meredith College on Friday, Septem
ber 23, 1994,at 10:00a.m. to celebrate
the sucessAil completion of the
College's $10.6 million dollar Second
Century Camp^ga
The college exceeded its goal by
laisiong over $ 11.8 million, the laigest
amount raised during Meredith's 103-
year history over the course of a three-
year capit^ campaign, making this a
historic campaign.
“While many colleges are strug
gling to meet their flnanciai demands
Meredith is fortunate to continue to
obtain sufficient resources to protect
the quality of education needed in our
modern society, “said Murphy
Osborne, vice president for Institu
tional Advancement at the college.
In an unusual departure from tradi
tional fundraising in higher education.
all of the participants in the Septem
ber celebration will actually see the
results of this campaign on that day
lather than just hearabout the amount
of funds raised.
“Sometimes because of pledges,
deferred gifts and occasional misman
agements, supporters of a major cam
paign do not always see the outcome
of the campaign's success, buildings,
scholarships, etc.” said Osborne.
“What Meredith has done is a radical
departure from modern day
What Meredith has done is forge
ahead to use the money as it was
raised. During the campaign, the Col
lege has built and opened a $2,675
million, 25,000 square foot classroom
building. The dining hall and the Noel
House (International Program) have
been renovated.
The 5,000 square-foot addition of
the Dance Studio and Fitness Center
to the Westtherspoon Physical Educa
tion Building is scheduled to be com
pleted late this fall. The Challenge also
helped double the number of available
student scholarships—all withow in
curring any debt to the College.
“Meredith trustees felt strongly
about ^udents not having to pay inter
est on the College's debt as part of their
tuition,' said Osbome. Nationally, in
terest payments on college debt ac
count for 17 percent of a student's
tuition. Meredith’s debt-free status
means that students don't pay for the
promises of oUiers.
In another unusual twist, the total
expenditures to conduct the campaign
were only 3 percent of the funds raised.
This is in contrast to the national aver
age of slightly over 8 percent. Over
5,000 individuals mads contributions
to the Meredith campaign.
Governor Hunt will deliver the key
note address to the Second Century
Challenge Campaign Celebration at
10:00 a.m Those invited include legis
lators, corporate CEO’s, theCouncilof
State, members of the Raleigh City
Council, the Wake County Commis
sioners, the Chamber of Commerce
and many others.
New president speaks of unity
by Marsha'Hitor
The new freshman class president,
Amanda Ledford is a very energetic
youi^ woman filled with new and
exciting ideas. She is from Mocksville,
NC where she attended Davie County
High School.
Amanda is veiy involved with mu
sic. She loves to sing in the church
choir, play the piano, and play the
handbells for Meredith. Along with
her musical talent, Amanda is also a
very talented witer.
She is an extremely avid £m of
Carolina basketball and football. Be
cause of her fondness for basketball,
she has coached a recreational basket
ball team
^nanda ran for the office of presi
dent because of her excitment for the
freshman class. She believes that to
gether the freshman class can make a
place at Meredith. The frtshman year
for a class is the most crucial time
\^en true friendships are made and
the dass can beo)me unified. Amanda
feels that unification should be the
theme during our freshman year.
Though most of the plans for the
freshman class are tentative now,
Amanda has many new and exciting
ideas. Amanda is trying to coordinate
a class service project which would
allow the freshman to work with the
terminally ill patrons in local hospi
tals. Also, Amands is planning a new
event just for freshman that would
allow all of them the opportunity to
get oriented.
Amandabelievesveiy strongly that
her plans will not succeed if each
freshman does not get invdved in
these activities. She feels that it is the
responsibility of each freshman to
make their class the absolute best. So,
freshman, let’s help our class presi
dent and our class become the veiy
best class by getting involved.
Inside the Herald:
Opinion PoU
MCTV article/TV schedule
Career Connections
News Briefs
Movie review
Staff profiles
Concert review
Play review

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