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Op-ed: Seven Days, Countless Pieces, One Newberry College

by Lori Ann Vinson Summers, Vice President for Institutional Advancement - April 24, 2020


Dear Newberry College Family,


Over the past month, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the world change in real time. We have seen everyday life altered in a way we haven’t seen since World War II. And with it, we have seen people, businesses, and educational institutions rise to the occasion with courage, determination, and generosity. Most importantly, for better or worse, we have learned the vital role each piece plays in making up the whole, whether the whole is a family, a college, or a society.


That’s why I’m writing you today, to let you know how important you are as a member of the Newberry College family. Whether you are an alumnus or alumna, a student, a parent, a faculty or staff member, or a friend of the College, everything you do matters. And we have planned a series of events to show you how vital you are to making Newberry College whole: Scarlet & Gray Week (May 3-9, 2020).


This year, our Scarlet & Gray event has been extended to an entire week to allow ample opportunity to garner the financial support we need to make an immediate impact for students who, now more than ever, need help to achieve their college success. What’s more, since we can’t physically be together to celebrate the end of the school year and the festivities that should come with it, this is a perfect opportunity to share our Newberry College pride when it is needed most.


This isn’t just any other week. Scarlet & Gray Week is the week for Newberry College. In fact, the members of the Board of Trustees are so invested in this initiative, that they have pledged to personally match gifts made for Scarlet & Gray Week, dollar-for-dollar. So, your gift has literally twice the impact.


So, I personally invite you to show your support in three big ways:

  • Participate each day of the week on social media (click here for details)
  • Give a meaningful gift of any size in a way you choose: online here, via text (send “ScarletandGray” to 41444), or by mail (Newberry College, 2100 College St., Newberry, SC 29108)
  • Share your love for Newberry College with your family and friends


In closing, words can not fully convey how grateful we are for you and for your continued support. You are an essential part of Newberry College, just as I hope Newberry College remains an essential part of you.


Remember this May 3-9: Seven days, countless pieces, one Newberry College.


Hail Scarlet and the Gray,


Lori Ann Vinson Summers

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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