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Parents, grandparents continue tradition of Transy library support

Embracing Transylvania’s long-held tradition of helping provide students with the latest and best library resources, parents and grandparents of current students and alumni are nearly 80 percent of the way toward the goal of raising $93,000 to purchase books, journals, and software for the J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library. Gifts have been received from 800 parents and grandparents, and dozens more have made pledges.

“With an additional 350 gifts, we’re virtually assured of reaching the goal,” said Lori Burlingham, assistant director of development.

Parents Council members, parent and grandparent volunteers, and students secured most of the gifts and pledges during the annual phonathon in October and November. Students made additional calls later in the fall and again in February.

The Parents Fund paid for every new book that was purchased for the campus library in 2006, according to Burlingham. The library also houses periodicals, electronic databases, and other resources that are essential for research and course work in all academic disciplines.

Chris Johnson, co-president of the Parents Council and father of senior Jonathan Johnson, pointed out that the library is equally accessible to all students. “It’s not like a club or organization where you might have to meet certain requirements to participate. All students can use the huge volume of information that’s available, either by going to the library or connecting electronically in their dorm rooms or computer labs on campus.”

To make a pledge or request additional information about the Parents Fund, contact the development office at (800) 487-2679 or visit www.transy.edu and click on Giving to Transy, then on Family and Friends.

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