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By Elizabeth Braungard ‘86
HOW IS CAMPAIGN SUCCESS MEASURED? IN DOLLARS RAISED? GOALS ACCOMPLISHED? Students who benefit? JUST FOUR YEARS AGO THE BE INSPIRED. CAMPAIGN BEGAN WITH A VIRTUAL LAUNCH, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY. WITHIN TWO YEARS, THE $50 MILLION GOAL WAS MET. AND THE E-TOWN FAMILY JOINED US ON AN EVEN MORE AMBITIOUS JOURNEY—TO SUPPORT A NEW CAMPAIGN GOAL OF $60 MILLION. NOW, IN 2019, WE FIND OURSELVES EVEN MORE INSPIRED.
The college has surpassed the goal once again. But while another threshold of success has been met, there is still much to accomplish.
Support for scholarships ensures the E-town experience becomes a reality for a larger flock of Blue Jays each year, many of whom are first-generation college students. While the College reduced tuition by 32 percent for 2019-20, many students and their families are still challenged to return each year. That’s what makes Scott Jones’ Hearthstone Foundation Scholarship so important. Embracing the College motto of “Educate for Service” all began almost 40 years ago for Scott, at the Alpha Hall pinning ceremony his freshman year. As the son of a dairy farmer, Scott was among the first in his family to go to college and a scholarship made Elizabethtown a reality for him.
Scott’s journey took him to Duke University for a master’s degree in forestry. His life’s work, in commercial real estate and the responsible management of forests, has afforded him the opportunity to benefit students like him.
By establishing the Hearthstone Foundation Scholarship, a first generation student receives support for their four years at E-town. Four students benefit annually from Scott’s generosity. With 40 percent of our students being first-generation, Scott’s hope is that his gift not only allows students to attend Elizabethtown College but also pursue meaningful work as he has.
Ensuring that our academic programs grow and evolve with workforce demands means E-town graduates find employment, many prior to graduation. New concentrations in our fast-growing engineering program, new majors in business and psychology and high-demand careers in the health professions have all led to aggressive program development and growth over the last two years. The introduction of a five and a half-year accelerated Master of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, which launches in 2020 with 30 open seats, will prepare students to enter a career sector that was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as number one in Best Health Care jobs for 2019. The campaign continues with the building expansion in the Masters Center for Science and Engineering, where the Physician Assistant Program will be housed. The approximately 17,000 square foot, three-story wing will provide classroom and laboratory space for not only the PA program but also for Occupational Therapy, the College’s first doctoral program.
Looking to the future, the College will begin to offer the kinds of living experiences that today’s students are expecting. Gone are the days of traditional dorms. Twenty-first-century students are savvy in their desire to live more independently. Apartment-style living is what Blue Jays are flocking to and what the College will begin to make available as we transform the E-town living experience over the next two years. Independent living prepares students for life beyond E-town and offers opportunities to live and work together in communities that encourage adult decision-making.
Support for faculty development and recognizing their outstanding work in teaching, research, mentoring and service is vital to the continued recruitment and retention of stellar faculty. Awards and stipends ensure that our faculty are recognized and rewarded for their dedication to the student experience.
For many friends of the College, they choose to offer campaign support through the Annual Fund. And for some, it becomes a family affair. For the Sheckard family, E-town holds a special place in their hearts. Jane ’72, her son Tom ’94, and granddaughter Amanda ’14, have consistently given an annual gift, to support our students, for nearly 50 years combined. They consider supporting E-town a privilege.
Their story is one of love, loss and commitment. In the late 60’s, Jane commuted to the College with her older brother. During her time at the College, she married Kenneth, a fellow student. They were expecting their son Tom, when Kenneth died suddenly during her senior year. In support of Jane, her fellow students designated one-half of the senior class gift to help her. Jane vowed that their gift would be used wisely—to send Tom to college. And the E-town tradition continued for the Sheckards, with both Tom and his daughter, Amanda attending and giving back to the College. It is a story that has come full circle with our students benefitting in the very same way that Jane did 45 years ago.
With the opening of the Bowers Center on the horizon, the College’s dedication to the sports, fitness and well-being infrastructure is just beginning. Thanks to Representative David S. Hickernell ’83 and Senator Ryan P. Aument, and the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) Grant, the campus will see even greater improvements to its athletic facilities and recreational spaces around campus. The 1:1 grant match ($1 million grant with an E-town match), will include improvements to the softball field and tennis courts (lighting and bleachers will be added later) and enhanced pathways around campus with walking trails that connect with Elizabethtown Borough and Mt. Joy Township.
The 204-page application and the ultimate approval of the grant was possible because of the College’s strong partnership with Elizabethtown Borough. “This RACP grant demonstrates our commitment to and continued investment in athletics and well-being,” said director of athletics, Chris Morgan ’91.
All the improvements are scheduled to be completed by Feb. 2020.
With a $300,000 gift to establish the S. Dale and Sadie High Family Business and Entrepreneurship Fund, S. Dale High ’63, P’86, H’93 is ensuring that business students have the opportunity to attend the World Business Forum’s annual global business summit. As Dr. Petru Sandu, director, Family Business Entrepreneurship Program explains it, “This gift enhances our ability to provide the best experiential learning opportunities to the next generation of enterprising families and budding entrepreneurs.”
The Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being is on track to open in fall 2019. This state-of-the-art facility will include:
» LEED certified energy and design
» Classrooms and meeting spaces
» Fitness center with streaming monitors
» Fieldhouse with recreation courts and
180 meter Mondo surface track
» Athletic training and locker rooms
» Holistic wellness and meditation areas
» Cafe and smoothie bar
» Outdoor firepit and patio
There also will be opportunities for health and nutrition promotion in a demonstration kitchen that offers E-town students experiential learning opportunities.
This past spring, Ken Bowers ‘59 and Rosalie Erb Bowers ‘58 met with Whitney Jones, new director of the Bowers Center. The couple and Jones enjoyed a night of fun and fellowship together while Jones shared updates on the state-of-the-art sports, fitness and well-being facility. She also shared her plans for incorporating nutrition and health into the curriculum at the Bowers Center.
The Bowers are looking forward to the Center serving as a main attraction for both students and prospective students.
“Whitney impressed us with her updates on the development of the Center, and her thoughts on services it will provide to every student at the College.”
Fun fact: For a short time, the Bowers worked together at the College. Jones’ fiance, Austin Crull, also works at the College as a digital marketing specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Elizabethtown College named Whitney Jones as Director of the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being. The new state-of-the-art facility will be utilized as a space for recreation and training, as well as for peer educators, instructional workshops and wellness programs.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ms. Jones to Elizabethtown College to lead her vision for well-being at the College—rooted in holistic programming and broad campus utilization of the new Bowers Center.” Vice President for Student Life Celestino Limas said. “She is an exceptional educator who will be able to demonstrate our commitment to providing all students with the tools and resources to build a healthy lifestyle, and enhance the overall health and well-being of our community.”
Jones has extensive experience in developing, promoting, and executing health and wellness programs. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Campus Fitness at the University of Pittsburgh. There, Jones was responsible for the school’s recreational facilities. Prior to the University of Pittsburgh, Jones served as the Assistant Director of Pope Wellness Center and the Campus Recreation Coordinator at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.
“I’m looking forward to enhancing the health and wellness programming at the Bowers Center and building well-rounded students, staff and faculty,” Jones said.
Q: When you came to campus for the first time, what did you like most?
A: When I first visited campus, I liked the quaintness of the campus and the people most. The combination of those two factors made me feel very welcome. Also, I’m from the middle of nowhere and surrounded by trees and mountains, so even seeing the trees and greenery on campus was a comfort to me.
Q: What are some of your plans for the Bowers Center?
A: I have lots of plans for the Center! I think one of the things I’m excited about most is the demonstration kitchen. I’m really eager to bring nutrition information to students, faculty and staff. We will run demos on how to cook healthy meals, how to meal prep, stay on track and plan ahead.
Q: How will the community benefit from the Bowers Center?
A: There’s so much space for the community to enjoy, and it’s all in one centralized location that will benefit everyone. The Bowers Center is a one-stop shop for every area of wellness. The college community will be able to manage their workouts and take care of their nutrition and mental and emotional health.