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Moseley Center namesake visits campus for Homecoming 2014

Furman Moseley '56 met Friday with students in the Center for Access & Success to share his own memories of Elon and to learn about their collegiate experiences made possible through scholarships he created.

Furman Moseley '56 greeted students Friday in the Center for Access & Succes.

One of Elon University's most prominent alumni and generous supporters is visiting campus as part of a Homecoming Weekend trip that will reunite him with former football teammates while introducing him to students whose educations he helped make possible.

Furman Moseley ’56 accompanied Elon President Leo M. Lambert to Elon’s Center for Access and Success on Friday morning to meet with faculty and students. Three of the students hold scholarships Moseley established.

Barang Phuk '18, a student from Cambodia, has the John L. Georgeo Scholarship, which Moseley created to honor the man who encouraged him to enroll at Elon. Yamilex Bueno ’18 of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Colby Halligan ’15 of Manchester Village, Vt., are Susan Scholars. Moseley created the Susan Scholarships to honor his wife on her 70th birthday.
The Center for Access and Success is housed in Mooney building. Moseley shared that he had taken religion classes in Mooney when he was a student. Claiming that the exterior of the building looks just as it did when he was a student, he marveled at the dramatic renovations that have completely altered the interior of Mooney.

“Elon has changed a great deal since I was here in 1956,” he said.
Responding to Center Director Jean Rattigan-Rohr’s description of the cooperation among the four initiatives that make up the Center for Access and Success—the Watson-Odyssey Program, The Elon Academy, the “It Takes a Village” Project and Collegiate Start@Elon—Moseley  observed that the partnership is “testimony to the effectiveness of the program” and will have “a tremendous impact on the greater community.”

Moseley, a Spartanburg, S.C., native, has been one of Elon’s biggest benefactors. In 1994, he and Susan donated $1 million to the university, which named its new campus center in their honor. He made a $5 million gift a few years later to fund the Susan Scholarships.

- Story by Elon University staff member Sara Peterson

Eric Townsend,
10/18/2014 2:10 PM