Summer 2010 marked the beginning of the final phase of Ever Elon: The Campaign for the Future of Our University. As of early July, donors had contributed nearly $79 million in gifts and pledges toward the $100 million goal, which will be used for the university’s endowment and other critical needs.
The campaign seeks to raise $70 million for endowment to support scholarships, faculty and engaged learning programs such as study abroad, research and service learning; $20 million for annual giving of all types and $10 million for building the campus. During the campaign, supporters have created more than 125 new endowed scholarships while other donors have contributed to existing scholarship funds, ensuring that Elon remains accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Douglas G. and Edna Truitt Noiles ’44, of New Canaan, Conn., made a $1 million gift to Elon University to support the Elon Academy, a university-run academic enrichment program for Alamance County high school students with significant financial need and no family history of attending college. This is the couple’s fourth major gift to the Elon Academy and the largest gift yet to support the academic enrichment program established in 2007 with the Alamance-Burlington School System.
Elon trustee Frank R. Lyon ’71 and his wife, Natalie, also made a major gift for the creation of an endowed scholarship that will aid Academy graduates. The academy seeks to inspire students to attend four-year colleges or universities and to assume leadership roles in their communities. The Lyons, who are also live in New Canaan, Conn., have been generous donors to Elon, contributing to scholarships, the Phoenix Club, the Elon Fund and the Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center. The couple are members of The Elon Society President’s Circle and the Aesculus Society.
A major gift by Elon trustee Jeanne Robertson and her husband, Jerry, have provided lead funding for a renovation project for Alumni Gymnasium in Koury Center. The project will upgrade Elon's home for basketball and volleyball, convocations and other large campus events. Included in the renovation are new seating; lighting, sound and video boards; coaches and staff offices; locker rooms; and a south entrance and outdoor plaza. The gym's lower-level bleacher seating will be replaced with chair seats, with additional sections added on the north end of the gym to form a horseshoe bowl. At the south end of the gym, an upper-level "nest" seating area will be added behind the basketball goal.
In recognition of the Robertsons' gift, the basketball floor in the gym will be named Robertson Court.