Scarlet & Gray Week is a Chance to Make Your Mark
by Whitney Metz ’09 | Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement - April 26, 2021
Dear Newberry Family,
Scarlet & Gray Week is upon us once again. This time of celebration and giving comes at the end of an academic year that some thought impossible, given all that society has endured of late. The task of returning to campus during a pandemic has been difficult, but with your love, faith and loyalty, we have persevered, even thrived, in unprecedented times. This second annual Scarlet & Gray Week is about celebrating how far we’ve come together, honoring the accomplishments of our soon-to-be alumni, and coming together with financial gifts for continued growth, but it’s about more than that. It’s about making your mark on the institution that has made its mark on you.
A native of Irmo, South Carolina, I first came to Newberry College as a Lutheran youth on an overnight camp. Many of our alumni have also come to know Newberry through their church involvement. It was during that camp, on setting foot on this beautiful campus, that I fell in love with the College. Then and there, I decided that I would become one of the Scarlet & Gray.
Just shy of the end of my junior year, I suffered a medical emergency that impacted my ability to go to class, and even to learn. During and after my time in the hospital, I was greeted with cards from all over campus, my professors worked with me, friends and faculty and staff came and ministered to me, and I was able to graduate in 2009. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, had it not been for the people of Newberry College and the life-changing mark they left on me.
That’s why events like Scarlet & Gray Week are so important. They remind us of who we are, how far we’ve come, and how we got here. And it might sound cliché, but it’s absolutely true: You are vital to the College’s success, to our students’ success. You have a direct impact on our students, in the form of scholarships, innovative new programs, and so much more. And now, at the end of the academic year and when matching donors have agreed to match the overall gift amount during this week, it is the best time to make your mark, whether you are an alum, a parent, a student, a congregant, or a member of the local community.
Last year, we raised more than $150,000 from over 400 donors, and we were able to connect and celebrate with countless more through email and social media. This year, we’ve set a goal of 450 donors and $200,000. Why do we set a goal for number of donors? Because each individual donor has an invaluable impact on our students, and no gift is too small.
We have so much planned for this exciting week, I ask you to please visit newberry.edu/scarletandgray for our complete schedule and all the ways you can make your mark this May 3-7. And remember to follow Newberry College and @newberrycollegealumni on social media, where you can participate and follow the action.
Thank you, take care, and Hail Scarlet and the Gray!
Whitney.Metz@newberry.edu | 803.321.5694