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JCSU Celebrates Big Hitters

Charlotte, N.C. (October 29, 2012) -- More than 200 guests enjoyed the annual Big Hitters reception in Grimes Lounge following the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Office of Institutional Advancement sponsored the event to thank alumni and friends who have given $1,000 or more to the University during the past year. Guests also included members of the 1867 Society, which includes those who have given more than $10,000 since the year 2000.

As guests mingled and enjoyed a buffet provided by FDY catering, Dr. Carter gave an update on another record year for University enrollment, which stands at more than 1,600 students. He outlined special projects underway, including the recent groundbreaking for the new Science Center and the opening of the HealthPlex.

Sharon Harrington, assistant vice president for institutional advancement, recognized the group for its steadfast support of the University. Among those in attendance were Johnny Jenkins ’68 and Jacqueline Jenkins, ’68 who met on campus 45 years ago. In his remarks, Johnny told the group why he and his wife give to the University. “Giving to Smith,” he said “is our way of giving back to students who were like we were 45 years ago.” The Jenkins are members of the 1867 Society and have given more than $25,000 to the University over their lifetimes. Johnny is a retired General Motors executive and Jacqueline is employed by Wells Fargo.

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