Fixer Upper campaign targets residence hall renovation

Written by Sierra Emilaire
April 27, 2017

Talge and Thatcher halls will receive a makeover provided by the Southern Fixer Upper campaign, which launched on Monday evening and ends tonight at 7.

The Fixer Upper campaign is a part of the Campaign for Excellence in Faith and Learning that launched a year ago. This campaign was created to raise $50 million toward enriching the Southern experience for students and keeping tuition affordable. As of Feb. 1, about 73 percent of the overall goal had been raised. Donations are split between various capital projects including “campus life,” which includes dorm renovations. Advancement targeted 400 donors for the Fixer Upper campaign.

“I think it’s important for students to realize that we have nearly 4,000 alumni and friends that make a financial gift to Southern every year,” said Ashley Fox, advancement annual giving officer. “These funds go to support scholarships, keep tuition below the true cost to attend Southern and impact many other areas on campus.”

Nearly 100 rooms in Talge and Thatcher will be renovated. One hall in Thatcher Hall was renovated last year and renovation in Talge has already begun.

On Monday evening, a group of students gathered in one of the demolished rooms of Talge to hit off the 72-hour campaign with a Facebook Live video on Southern’s main page.

Students can get involved with the campaign through the Best Dressed Challenge by heading to Facebook and choosing their favorite dorm room based on decorations. The residence halls sent out an email to the residents encouraging them to submit photos of their rooms to Advancement. The roommates with the most votes will each receive a $100 gift card to the Campus Shop.

Alexis Jones, sophomore English major, is one of the room decoration contestants.

“I’ve been needing some new Southern gear, so a $100 gift card to the Campus Shop would be awesome,” Jones said. “I love being able to share my room decor and to see all of the other room’s designs. Honestly, some people really do make their dorms a ‘home away from home.’”

Anyone who makes a gift to the project will get to vote for either Talge or Thatcher Hall. The residence hall with the most votes by tonight at 7 will be treated to a free pizza and ice cream party, sponsored by Papa John’s pizza and Bruster’s ice cream.