We must be MINDful that only 78 days remain to meet the $1 Million Challenge -- $212,500 or $2,689.87/day will complete the challenge effort. The Challenge, issued by an anonymous and generous alumni family, matches dollar-for-dollar each pledge or gift to the Academic Commons project by June 30, 2018 up to $1 million.
The school recently received two $50,000 pledges, to be paid over five years, each naming a part of the Academic Commons. One of the gifts comes from an alum who lives outside Louisiana and is honoring his mother with the gift by naming a mathematics classroom. The other from a family that is very involved in the school’s past and present.
Mellie Bailey ’96, capital campaign director, urges those who live close by to join us for one of four Casual Conversations about the Campaign and the capital projects. Click HERE to see details on upcoming sessions and to RSVP.
If you live farther afield, click HERE for more information or contact Mellie Bailey or Andy Spencer(me), director of advancement. You, your class, your family, your parents could make the pledge or gift that puts the School “over the top” in this special effort.
Bailey adds, “The MIND portion of the Spirit • Mind • Body Capital Campaign is going quite well. Many have responded to the generous challenge to help fund the Academic Commons, a bright and modern building for collaborative, experiential, and innovative approaches to math, science, engineering, robotics, and entrepreneurship.”
Check out the latest photography of the Academic Commons, which is set to be “open for business” next school year. Be on the lookout for a formal announcement of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, set for the morning of August 10. Everyone who has selected an Element Square (pledge/gift of $5,000) on the Periodic Table Plaza, which count toward the Challenge, is particularly looking forward to seeing their piece of this historic project. About 50% of the periodic table elements are left to be chosen . . . what a great graduation gift or recognition for a special teacher or staff member as the school year draws to an end.
Spirit and Body:
The Lewis Memorial Chapel of the Good Shepherd’s renovations have served the school community very well in its first full year of use since the $1.6 million project was completed. You can review information here on the SPIRIT portion of the Campaign. Likewise, click BODY for Field House renderings, floor plans, features, naming opportunities, and rationale.
One of the really great things about this combination of facilities projects is that it allows many families to find a special piece to support. Think about what matters to you about your family’s Episcopal experience . . . chances are an important piece of that experience is encompassed in Spirit, Mind, or Body.
Andy joined Episcopal as the Director of Advancement after having spent 17 years as the Chief Advancement Officer at the Lovett School in Northwest Atlanta. Under Andy’s direction, Lovett ran a $2.2 MM Annual Fund and completed a $94 MM capital campaign with an anticipated goal of $90 MM. Andy’s work in Advancement included oversight of Alumni Programs, Communications, Community Relations, and Development. New Parent Philanthropy, Stewardship, Legacy Giving, Board Development, Staff Development, Non-Alumni/Parent Constituent Relations, and the Annual Fund are programs and areas which were emphasized and matured significantly during Andy’s Lovett tenure. Prior to his time at Lovett, Andy spent 11 years as Director of Development at Virginia Episcopal School (VES), in Lynchburg, VA. He has also taught and coached during his career. Andy is a VES alumnus and graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. His wife, Mary, is the Episcopal Dean of Students. They have two children, both graduates of Lovett and UNC - Chapel Hill, and two dogs. Andy enjoys history, sports, classic cinema, gardening, backyard birding, fishing, canoeing and hiking, and the outdoors in general.