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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 05 Vol: 21

September - October 2016

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The Campaign for Africa University—a four-year effort to raise $50 million for endowment and capital projects—was unveiled to the public on September 12. The launch of the public phase of the campaign took place in Cleveland, OH. “We will be successful in this campaign for Africa University because the funds are needed to sustain our move toward greater distinction. We will be successful because Africa and the world need the graduates from Africa University, and we will be successful because we United Methodists have come to love and be proud of our Africa University,” said Dr. Aubrey Lucas, chair of the campaign. More than $26.2 million has already been raised in cash and pledges. The campaign aims to increase Africa University’s endowment to $100 million in order to provide ongoing fund-

(Photo credit: Rick Wolcott)

$50M Campaign for AU Enters Public Phase

Campaign Chair, Dr. Aubrey Lucas: “Africa and the world need Africa University graduates.”

ing for scholarships, expert faculty, research and innovative new programs. A portion of the campaign receipts will also fund capital development, including upgrades to the university’s teaching and research facilities and technology. For more on the campaign, visit org.

Students Welcomed Africa University formally welcomed 413 new students at the 2016 Matriculation Ceremony, held on September 30 at the campus at Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. This year’s intake is representative of AU’s panAfrican nature and its intentional outreach to women, orphans, and refugees, who are often at a disadvantage in accessing higher education. New countries represented within the student body this year include Sao Tome and Principe and Congo-Brazzaville.

East Ohio Conference Hosts AU Meetings and Celebratory Events Local congregations hosted preachtions, individual supers and speakers porters, and friends who shared stories welcomed repreof the life-changing sentatives of Africa impact that The University with joy, United Methodist excitement, and Church is making warmth during a visit through its support to the Cleveland for Africa University. area of the East “The work your Ohio Conference in Left: Bishop Tracy S. Malone with Dr. Maggie Jackson, a longtime AU Board member and supporter who church and your September. was honored for her work. Center: Rev. Dr. Bill McFadden, chair of AU’s planned giving council , took the conference is doing University adviat Africa University lead in planning the Cleveland area events. Right: Prof. Munashe Furusa with Westlake UMC pastor, sors, board members, gives hope and is Rev. Molly Brown, and a congregant. (Photo credit: Rick Wolcott) graduates, and staff helping to break the were in East Ohio from September 9-12 for University. We join with you in fulfilling the cycle of poverty,” said the vice chancelseries of meetings and other events. The mission, our mission, of transforming lives lor, Prof. Munashe Furusa, speaking at events included the 16th Annual Richard and transforming Africa,” said Malone. Westlake UMC. E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society East Ohio has the distinction of being A number of churches have pledged Recognition Dinner, held on September the conference with the largest number of to increase the amount invested in their 10, where Bishop Tracy S. Malone, wel- planned gift donors and planned gifts endowed scholarships at Africa University comed the visitors and affirmed the confer- to Africa University—a fact that was high- from an initial level of $65,000 to the curence’s steadfast support. lighted as 20 new members were inducted rently required level of $130,000. “The East Ohio Conference has a long- into the legacy society at the dinner. In March 2017, Africa University will standing commitment to supporting Africa On September 11, twenty-two congrega- celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Acacia - September/October 2016  

Africa University update featuring developments on the main campus in Mutare, Zimbabwe as well as institutional advancement news.