Volume 18 • Issue 2

The Charles & Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning


Priddy and Mabee Challenges Met

$11 Million Goal is in Sight

With $10.7 million committed in gifts and pledges, Southwestern qualifies for the $2 million challenge grant from the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust and the $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. “This leaves us $300,000 from the total project cost,” says Rick McKelvey, vice president for institutional advancement.

Southwestern received a $3.5 million naming gift for the project from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation of Wichita Falls. Other major gifts included a $2 million anonymous grant, $1 million from the Lord Foundation and grants from the Hoblitzelle Foundation, Alkek Foundation, M.D. Anderson Foundation and others. The final design process for the building is currently under way. Construction will commence in early 2008 and the building will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2009.

The Prothro Center will bring together many elements of campus life under one roof, including the Paideia® Center and a new Student Services Center. Offices and conference rooms supporting Southwestern’s growing volunteer and service learning program and its successful study abroad program will be located in the Paideia® suite. In the most recent academic year, Southwestern students provided more than 22,000 hours of community service to 73 local organizations, and more than half of Southwestern’s students study abroad.

The Center for Lifelong Learning will be the last building footprint added to the Roy H. Cullen Academic Mall and will incorporate “green building” sustainable design guidelines. Southwestern has been working toward the goal of an environmentally friendly campus for more than a decade. Significant sustainable design elements for the Prothro Center include solar screens over windows, the use of natural light in interiors, metal finishes that never require paint, and extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials. Water and energy conservation strategies include landscaping with drought-tolerant native plants, the use of Texas’ abundant natural light in interior spaces and heat and cooling systems optimized for local weather patterns.

Additional gifts will make it possible to move forward with all desired energy-saving strategies and program elements from the initial design. Naming opportunities remain open within the building and begin at $5,000. As friends and alumni of Southwestern, you have the opportunity to name spaces in honor or memory of the individuals, families, or Southwestern personalities who have made a difference in your lives. Gifts to this project also support Thinking Ahead: The Southwestern Campaign and its $125 million goal.

Contact the Development Office at 800-960-6363, ext. 1482 (Susan Stubbs) with questions.

Answer the Phone and Reconnect

Pick up the phone when you see Southwestern on the caller ID!

Students are ready to give you the campus 411, answer questions about your professors or listen to your Southwestern experiences. When they invite you to make a gift, say “Yes!”

Why Phonathon?

To raise money for scholarships, increase alumni and parent philanthropic involvement, and help keep people in touch with SU. Phonathon is the most cost-effective and personal way for Southwestern to contact alumni, parents and friends about making an annual gift.

What should I say when a student calls me?

This is a great time to talk to students about what is happening at Southwestern while making your annual pledge to support students and faculty. The student callers are ready to share stories and information!

Can’t wait for your phone call?

Make your annual gift now with a credit card at www.southwestern.edu/development/annual-giving-form.html.

GOLD Alumni Challenge

Turn your $20 gift into $100 for Southwestern.

In an effort to reach 34 percent alumni participation, three anonymous alumni donors have committed to 4:1 matching of any gift made by a GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alumnus/a by June 30, 2007. This challenge is offered to all GOLD alumni Classes of 1997-2006. All matched dollars will go towards the Annual Fund, but you may designate your portion of the gift if preferred. Any gift or pledge made since Jan. 1, 2007, is eligible.

For more information about supporting Southwestern’s Annual Fund or the GOLD Alumni Challenge or to make a gift today, please contact April Hampton Perez ’89, senior director of development, at 800-960-6363, pereza@southwestern.edu or visit the Web site www.southwestern.edu/development.