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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Give Now Issue: 03 Vol: 21

May - June 2016

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Mississippi Conference Exceeds Goal on AU Campaign The Mississippi Conference’s $1.3M campaign to endow scholarships for Africa University students has gone over the top, with total receipts of $1,354,769.00. Mississippi United Methodists celebrated the generous investment of local churches and individual members, leading to the Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. successful completion of the and Mrs. Delphine Swanson campaign, as they wrapped up were elated and deeply moved the 2016 annual conference on by the announcement that the June 11. conference has named a scholar- “We found that local churchship in their honor. es and individuals had a keen awareness and deep commitment to AU,” said Rev. Jimmy Carr, who co-led the campaign with Mrs. Martha Scarborough. “That foundation and commitment are the reasons we were able to succeed.” Plans are underway for a delegation, led by Bishop Swanson, to visit the Africa University campus from March 20-28, 2017, for the offical handover of the gift and the university’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

IGRC Nears its $1M Goal The Illinois Great Rivers Conference expects to complete the “Making Dreams Possible” scholarship endowment campaign for Africa University within a month. The campaign honors and celebrates the 40+ years of ministry and leadership by Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton and Mrs. Beverly Keaton, who are retiring . A total of $970,883.95 has been given to the campaign to date, leaving it just $29,117.05 short of the goal of $1 million. Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton “The people of this conference are wonderfully generous,” said Rev. Beverly Wilkes-Null, chair of the IGRC’s Africa University Committee. “We have a great team and they just keep on telling the Africa University story, and that makes all the difference in the world.” Through this campaign, the conference aims to endow seven and a half scholarships at AU, named in honor of Bishop Keaton and Mrs. Keaton. One of the endowed scholarships will assist students from the Fairfield Children’s Home at the Old Mutare UMC Mission to enroll at AU.

BWC Presents Gift for Sports Complex The Baltimore W a s h i n g t o n Conference presented a gift of $300,000, raised in honor of Bishop Marcus Matthews, to Africa University on June 10th. The presentation The gift was raised as a “Love Offering” in honor of the Bishop was made by a six- Marcus Matthews and his four decades of ministry and leadership. person delegation The BWC delegation joined students led by Bishop Matthews, who is currently and staff for an official groundbreaking the interim chair of the Africa University ceremony for the complex. Board of Directors. Bishop Matthews The university’s vice chancellor, Prof. also chairs the Africa University Board Munashe Furusa, expressed deep gratiand Advisory Development Committees. tude to the conference for the gift, noting The gift coincides with Bishop Matthews’ that the sports complex would greatly retirement and is designated to help fund enhance student life. the construction of a sports complex on The facility is also expected to help the Africa University campus. It recogAfrica University to strengthen its competinizes his four decades of leadership contiveness in the African higher education tributions and lifelong passion for health market. and fitness.

800+ Graduates for 2016

Degree certificates were awarded to 843 students at Africa University’s 22nd commencement, which took place in Mutare, Zimbabwe on Saturday, June 11. There were 23 African countries represented among the graduates. The graduating class of 2016 also included the first nine graduates to be awarded the master’s degree in Human Rights, Peace and Development from the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance at Africa University.

Acacia - May-June 2016  

Update on developments on the Africa University campus and in the institutional advancement activities of the institution.

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