Drew University's new Ehinger Center (EC) will boast a lobby that's twice as large--and twice as inviting--as its predecessor in the old University Center (UC). Construction of the new space is being supported by a $250,000 gift from the George W. Newman Foundation, which was arranged by Marc Joseph C'48, the foundation's trustee.
Merrill Skaggs arrived at Drew in 1962 as an adjunct professor of English and spent the next forty-six years as a teacher, scholar, and administrator of extraordinary perception, passion and generosity.
If you've attended an event at Drew in recent years, you may have heard me borrowing from the Romantic poet William Wordsworth: "What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how." While Wordsworth was speaking of the poetic arts, I have re-purposed his verse to describe our shared affection for this University and high regard for the liberal arts tradition.
The storyline seems too implausible, even for Hollywood: Promising young actor, his star on the rise after three seasons on a hit TV show, puts his career on hold to enroll in a seminary in Madison, N.J. Yeah, right.