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THURSDAY. MARCH 30 1995
MHC IS IN THE MONEY NOW
A $50,000 gift to Mars Hili
College from a former student will
endow a faculty development
program in honor of Mildred
Bingham, former chair of the
depa-rtment of business
administration and economics.
The donor, who prefers to
remain anonymous, said the gift
was to express his "deep
appreciation to Miss Bingham,
whose wise, caring Christian
counsel had a great influence on
me as a student at Mars Hill
CoUege."
The new fund will
complement an endowment created
at MHC in 1984 by a $384,000
challenge grant from the Mellon
Foundation. That grant supports a
faculty enrichment program for the
liberal arts faculty. The fund
bearing Miss Bingham’s name will
support similar activities among
faculty in the professional
curriculum areas, especially
business administration and
economics.
Faculty members may apply
for grants from the fund, ranging
up to $3,000 for summer study,
sabbaticals, and other projects.
Miss Bingham joined the
college in 1937 and became
chairman of the department in
1946. Under her leadership it
became one of the largest and
strongest academic divisions of the
college. The business Club Alumni
Association, founded and guided by
her for nearly 40 years, has
established a scholarship program
in her honor. She retired from
teaching in 1979.
College president Dr. Fred
B. Bentley said when accepting the
gift, "This gift is a complement to
our faculty development program
and a tribute to a woman whose
contributions to this college are
legendary."
NEW MEMBERS AT MARS HILL
The Office of Development
at Mars Hill College has
announced the hiring of two new
personnel. Helen S. Dowling,
former Assistant to the Vice
President for Development, has
been named the new Alumni
Director, and Harold G. "Bud"
Christman, Jr. has been appointed
the new Director of Planned
Giving.
Dowling’s parents were
missionaries and she was born in
Brazil. After returning to the US,
her late father served as a pastor
and her mother as a self employed
architect in Maryland, Virginia and
North Carohna.
After earning an associate
degree at Montreat, she completed
her bachelor’s degree in English at
Queens College in Charlotte. She
has continued her education at
seminars sponsored by the Council
for the Support and Advancement
of Education (CASE) and
conferences endorsed by the NC
Association of Independent College
and Universities, of which Mars
Hill is a member.
She chaired the 1994
Homecoming Steering Committee
at MHC and prior to coming to
Mars Hill, she was Alumni Affairs
Director at Montreat Anderson
College. Her previous experience
also includes a stint in the public
affairs office at Gaston Memorial
Hospital in Gastonia and as a
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