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Africa University Today — Fall 2016

Donor Profile: Africa University Inspires an Impassioned Love Poem


oseph (Joe) Abram, Jr. is a man of many talents, including that of poet. Before retiring in 2015, he served 11 churches in four appointments over a period of 35 years as an ordained Elder of the South Carolina Annual Conference. In his retirement, he and his wife JoAnn own and manage a home improvement construction business, and he also co-owns with his son Joseph, III, a restaurant located in Marion, South Carolina. Joe and JoAnn have both been long-time, generous supporters of Africa University since the mid-90s. Joe’s first visit to the university took place in January 2014. Upon seeing the campus, Joe was inspired to write an impassioned ode to Africa University, the second verse of which reads as follows: Today, my heart leaped for joy and skipped a beat, When, at long last, I beheld you, my sweet. My days, months, years are filled with thoughts of you, at’s why it’s a joy to do each year what I do.

Joe and JoAnn’s endowed scholarship fund will provide financial assistance for qualified students for generations to come. eir legacy of generosity and love for Africa University will always be remembered. Elaine Jenkins, Director of Planned Giving

Joe and JoAnn Abram

For the past 17 years, Joe has faithfully solicited funds to provide scholarship support for students at Africa University. Since his visit to the university in 2014, Joe and JoAnn have pledged to endow a full scholarship at Africa University. Why? ese words from the last verse of Joe’s poem explain: Because we met, my work will never end, It will live on, in, and through you, my dear African friend.

The AU Today is published by the Africa University Development Office, in partnership with the Office of Communications, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). For more information, contact the: Africa University Development Office P.O. Box 340007 Nashville, TN 37203-0007 Tel: Fax: Email:

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AU Today - Fall 2016  

Quarterly newsletter focusing on institutional advancement news and other developments at Africa University.

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