in-fundraising-news_november-20.jpgvirigina-philip_in-fundraising-news_b.jpgSearching for Home Exhibit, funded by The Margaret Virginia Philip Art Endowment Fund November 2020
On October 7, Virginia Philip '61 joined curator Dot Moye for the Dalton Gallery “Searching for Home” art exhibition (see photo to right) sponsored by The Margaret Virginia Philip Art Endowment Fund.

The college is grateful to Virginia for her generosity in making this exhibition possible. The Margaret Virginia Philip Art Endowment Fund, which she established in 2006, brings an art exhibit to The Dalton Gallery every four years, with the goal of enhancing our students' college experience. In a time when funding for the arts is disappearing, we appreciate her support.

When asked why she gives to Agnes Scott, Virginia shared, “it’s less because of my own experience as a student at Agnes Scott, and more because the impressive alumnae I’ve gotten to know and the outstanding students I’ve met have convinced me of the importance of an ASC education for women, and for our society.”

This exhibition features a variety of works, from paintings to sculpture to installations, by more than 20 regional artists, including Agnes Scott alumna, portrait artist and immigrant activist Yehimi Cambrón ’14.  Each piece explores the theme of "home" and finding a place of belonging.

The Searching for Home exhibit will be available online and by appointment Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5 pm through December 3. Reserve your ticket for an in-person visit here.

Please enjoy this dynamic video of the stunning exhibit.

Professor of Music Tracey Laird Honored with Named Professorship
In recognition of her stellar scholarship, exemplary teaching, and dedication to serving students, the college, and the broader community, Tracey Laird will henceforth be known as the Harry L., Corinne Bryant, and Cottie Beverly Slade Professor of Humanities. Tracey is an inspiring and beloved teacher whose insights, wisdom, advice, and sense of fun stay with her students long after graduation. As one student put it so beautifully, “Tracey made me laugh and made me care, and taught me so much about music and writing.” Or in the words of another, “she was absolutely inspirational. I enjoyed every minute of her classes and found her guidance and insight invaluable.” Her books and articles on music history and her radio show have gained her fame among scholars but also among a wider community of performers, listeners, and music critics. She has taken on many important service roles at the college and beyond, most notably director of first-year seminars and very recently, president of the faculty.

This new chair was a legacy gift from Cottie Slade, who graduated Agnes Scott in 1963 with a degree in Mathematics. An only child, Cottie never married, but traveled extensively and filled her home with porcelains, books and paintings. Cottie credited her Agnes Scott education with helping her achieve in her career as the director of human resources for C&S Bank, then NationsBank, now Bank of America. Soon after her retirement in 1999, she contacted Agnes Scott about making a legacy gift that would honor her parents and contribute to the college’s greatness needs.

The Scottie Connection
One of the most coveted jobs on campus for students is The Fund for Agnes Scott’s Student Calling Program, a fundraising initiative that supports scholarships, financial aid and other unrestricted funding. When students were surveyed as to why they wanted to be part of the Student Calling Program, the resounding answer was to have the opportunity to share past and current experiences with alumnae.

Last spring the development office enhanced the program by adding Blackbaud’s Guided Fundraising, a cloud based, easy-to use, multi-channel platform. This system allows the student-caller to easily update records, encourage alumnae engagement and gives alumnae insight into the impact their gifts have on the student experiences. Since this semester begin, ten of our students from around the country came together, via Zoom, to train and help deploy this new fundraising tool. The conversations and your generosity resulted in nearly 3,000 calls and $65,000 in pledges. Thank you!

We realize that 2020 has tested the Agnes Scott’s community resilience like never before. And of course, you continue to answer the call. Again, thank you for encouraging and inspiring our students in finding new ways to learn, work and connect together. We are #StrongerTogether!


For more information about making a gift to Agnes Scott, contact Henry Taylor, senior director of development, at 404.471.6041 or htaylor@agnesscott.edu.