FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s Alumni-Faculty House Committee presented a $25,000 check to the FMU Foundation on Aug. 31.
The check represents gifts from 50 Francis Marion founding faculty members. The money will be used to renovate the Wallace Cottage, which will become the Alumni-Faculty House.
David Burt, an FMU English professor and member of the committee, spearheaded the effort to solicit funds from founding faculty members. Other faculty members on the committee are Ron Faulkenberry, Donald Kelley and Tom Roop.
The committee has secured $150,000 in pledges from faculty, staff and corporate donors; $350,000 is needed to complete the project.
“The generous donations of our founding faculty members represent the first step toward completion of the Alumni-Faculty House,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “It is appropriate that these men and women, who were instrumental in founding Francis Marion 30 years ago, have now taken the lead in building a symbol of the university’s future.”
Built in the 1930s, the Wallace Cottage is located between the Stokes Administration Building and the Stanton Academic Computer Center. Amelia Wallace and her family occupied the cottage continuously until her death in 1994. Since then, the cottage has remained vacant. The Wallace family provided the original land donation for the university and the home for the university president.
The purpose of creating the Alumni-Faculty House is to foster the relationship between alumni and the faculty. The house will include meeting rooms for special events and conferences, a dining room, accommodations for the university’s overnight guests, and a special place for receptions.
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