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New Alumni Donors

In 2012-2013 we welcomed 212 alumni that made their first gift to Southern.

Southern was also proud to welcome 499 new alumni to the association. This represents 194 graduates in December 2012 and 305 graduates in May 2013.

The class of 2013 launched a new tradition for future generations at Southern. The officers were able to work with both the academic affairs office and advancement to have a philanthropy cord as part of the official graduation regalia approved by Southern. The royal blue philanthropy cord recognizes any graduating senior that made a gift to Southern as part of the class project or as an affinity gift. The class of 2013 raised funds to help Southern install a new LED sign off of University Drive to inform students and community of special events on campus. They raised $4,876.82 toward this project. 

Alumni Participation in Giving

We want to thank the 1,796 alumni and 567 attendees that made an annual gift in the 2012-2013 year which represents nearly 13.36 percent of alumni and about 8.3 percent of attendees. Your participation ensures that the traditions you and others helped to create continue strong at Southern.


Homecoming Weekend 2012

More than 1,000 alumni returned to campus to participate in Homecoming Weekend 2012 last October. The theme, Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future, commemorated the 120th anniversary of Southern Adventist University.


Special Honorees Included:

  • Golden Anniversary Class of 1962

  • John Thurber, ’56, Distinguished Service Award recipient

  • James Gulley, ’87, Alumnus of the Year Award recipient

  • Thomas Wentworth, ’06, Young Alumnus of the Year Award recipient

  • Ellen Mauldin Herman, ’67, Woman of the Year Award recipient


Other Highlights Included:

  • Gilbert Burnham, ’64, professor at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, E.O. Grundset Biology Lecture Series speaker

  • Inaugural Fall Colors Motorcycle Tour to the Smoky Mountains

  • Gary Thurber, ’82, vespers speaker

  • Bob Folkenberg, Jr., ’87, speaker for the worship services

  • Melanee Snowden Davis, ’79, Eric Davis, ’11 & ’13, Donnie Russell, ’82, and Josianne Bailey, ;13, gospel bluegrass concert by The Midnight Cry

  • Alumni symphony orchestra members performed a tribute concert honoring the life and professional contributions of Orlo Gilbert, conductor from 1967-2000

  • Southern Stories showcased entertaining anecdotes by alumni and Gordon Bietz

  • Inaugural Beyond the Columns Brunch provided mentoring and networking opportunities for alumni and current students

  • 9th Annual Classic/Antique Car Show and blacksmithing forge demonstration


View the Alumni website for information about future events 


Planned Giving

Southern's Planned Giving office encourages partnerships that leave a lasting legacy passing on family values that provide life-changing opportunities for generations to come.


When Elmer and Sarah Jordan decided to share their legacy with Southern Adventist University School of Music, they had no way of knowing how their generosity would impact a young musician named Ethan McGrath.

Because of their love for music, especially the piano, the Jordans decided to leave a lasting legacy by providing scholarships for music majors. Their generous gift made funds available at just the right time for Ethan, who was making an important decision about where to pursue his musical talent and continue his education.

The Jordan Trust gift made it possible for me to attend Southern, said Ethan. There are many other students like me who would like to attend an Adventist Christian university where they can interact with other students and faculty that share their ideals and faith. Gifts to Southern make it possible for students like me to get a Christ-centered education.

The Legacy Society recognizes, with appreciation, 33 new members who have generously indicated future support to Southern through a planned gift this past year.

To learn more about planned giving click here.


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Conference Services and Events

In its fourth year of operation, the office of Conference Services and Events has continued to develop a more unified approach for organizations, corporations, and individuals needing excellent meeting space and professional conference planning assistance.

Conference Services and Events assisted with 65 on-campus events--an increase of 28 percent over 2011-12. This past year it hosted events for McKee Foods Corporation, Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, the General Conference of SDA Auditing Service, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SEYC/Amazing Facts, the Hamilton County (TN) Department of Education's Scenic City Literacy Conference, Benchmark Physical Therapy, Live at the Well Ministries, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, and the Chattanooga Wellness Coalition. It also facilitated numerous departmental events.

Employee,departmental, and student needs are another part of the services provided by Conference Services and Events. Working with preferred vendors to create purpose and establish accountability, negotiating contracts, renting equipment, reserving accommodations, floral arrangements, catering, sound and lighting, or any related event needs is the department's specialty.


More information is available at the Conference Services website.

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Corporate Foundation Relations

The Corporate Foundation Relations office works to build stronger ties with local, national and international corporations and foundations. We thank this group as they give to benefit students and programs at Southern. To connect your corporation or foundation click here


Corporate and Foundation Donors in 2012-2013:

Corporate Investor - $50,000 or more annually

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
Farrow Family Foundation
Florida Hospital
General Conference Auditing Service
It Is Written
McKee Foods Corporation
McKee Foods Kingman, Inc

Corporate Leader - $25,000 - $49,999 annually

McElroy Truck Lines, Inc
The Foundation for Adventist Education

Associate Partner - $10,000 - $24,999 annually

Heritage Funeral Home, LP
Review & Herald Publishing Association

Corporate Partner - $2,500 - $9,999 annually

4 Corners Cafe
Advanced Inspection Technologies, Inc.
Adventist Medical Evangelism Network Media, Inc.
Adventist Retired Workers
Aji Peruvian Restaurant
Allstate Financial Services
Allyn & Art Corporation
Astre Planning Associates
Ball Corporation
Bata Law Office, P.A.
Bayside Eye Centre
Benchmark Rehabilitation
Brown, Brown & Associates, PC
C. Jones & Co.
Calhoun Anesthesia, P.C.
Care Plans for Life, LLC
Center for Car Donations
Chase Farms, Inc
Chattanooga Gyn-Oncology
Chestnutt Creek Apartments, LLC
China Kitchen, Inc.
CiCi's Pizza
Clark Manufacturing Company
Collegedale Credit Union
Community foundation of Northwest Georgia
Concrete and Asphalt Recycling, LLC
COS Business Products and Interiors
Dairy Queen
Deron, LLC
Dow Chemical Company Foundation
East Ridge Bicycles & Fitness
Eaton Charitable Fund
El Toro Cantina & Grill, Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
Epic Optique
Esparza Enterprises, Inc.
Executive Women International - EWI of Chattanooga
Fertility Center of Chattanooga
Fibertec Cleaning And Restoration
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
First Tennessee Bank
Focus Healthcare of Tennessee
Fortune Personnell Consultant of East Seattle
Four Corner's Car Wash
Four Winds Interactive
Franke Septic Tank Service, LLC
FSG Bank
G&T Associates
Gardner's Market
GE Foundation
Georgia Home Theater
Grand Traverse Spa
Hair Designers
Haworth, Inc
Hollywood Nails Plus, LLC
Home Health Education Service
Home Trust Bank
Hydro Chemicals, LLC
IBM International Foundation
Integrated Concrete, Inc
Jellico Community Hospital
Keller Outdoor Incorporated
Kellogg's Frozen Foods
Kingsley Club
Lakeview Family Medicine, LLC
Lambert Concrete, LLC
Malstrom Electric, Inc.
Mana Financial Group, LLC
Manton Rotary Club
MaxLife Systems LLC
Midwest Rod And Custom
Milholm Properties, LLC
Mission Services
Mizzen Marketing Resources, LLC
Morning Pointe of Chattanooga
Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar
Morning Pointe of Hixson
Murphy Management Group, Inc.
Muse Construction
Nashville Financial Service Center
Network 7 Media Center
New Era Home Care
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Oneida Indian Nation
Outback Steakhouse
Paddock Counseling PLLC
Papa John's
Pender-Craft Cabinets, Inc
Physician Services of Cleveland, PC
PKB Architects
Polly's Outreach Ministries
Poorman's Bargain Barn
Poplar Creek Spa
Procter & Gamble Foundation
Professional Accounting & Management
Raymond James Financial, Inc
Red Hare Tack And Tog
Rent-A-Gardner, LLC
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Ryder System, Inc
Sam's Reliable Dental Laboratory
Sanders Irrigation Supply
SBKC Foundation
Schwab Charitable Fund
Scott's Bicycle Center
Seven Bends Veterinary Hospital
Smilemaker Dental, Inc.
Southwest Veterinary Services, Inc
Taco Bell
Tennessee Awning Company
Texas Roadhouse
Thai Smile Cuisine
The Alford Group
The Kennedy Foundation, Inc
The Lantern Alzheimer's Center at Morning Pointe
The Lomenacque
The McKenzie Center for Internal Medicine, PLLC
The Poiema Foundation, Inc
The Ray Halbritter Charity Classic
Thelma's Home Town Clinic
Therapeutic Touch
Tim Joseph & Company
Tropical Produce
Turner Realty
University of Tennessee
UnumProvident Corporation
USAA Investments
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Verizon Foundation
Village Market
Walk Rite Dairy Service
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign
Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift Program
Wessels Family LLC
Western Adventist Foundation
Wildwood Lifestyle Center & Hospital
Word Of Life Inc
Youth Service America


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New Scholarships

Every year there are individuals and corporations who initiate endowed and non-endowed scholarships for students at Southern. In 2012-2013, the following new scholarships were initiated:

Neva Keiser Davis, Arthur David Davis, Jr. and son James Stewart Davis Endowed Scholarship Fund

To benefit students preparing for church ministry work that show a financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Young Alumni Scholarship for Service Endowed Scholarship Fund

To benefit students who have a passion for service as demonstrated by their prior history of being involved as well as their current involvement in service-learning.  Recipient must be dedicated to a lifelong commitment to service, desiring to use what they are learning at Southern to serve their community and world. They must have a junior or senior class standing with a GPA of 3.0.

Callie Catherine Trimble Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund

To benefit students majoring in nursing.

Biology Research Endowed Scholarship Fund

To benefit student research including presenting at professional meetings.  Recipient must be a biology major involved in research either on or off campus.


Click here to learn more about how to establish your own family endowed or non-endowed scholarship.

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Deferred Scholarships

The following scholarships were established in 2012-2013 by individuals who have designated a future gift to fund an endowment from their estate.


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