Members of Missouri State University’s College of Arts and Letters were overjoyed last week as headlines of breaking news featuring an eight-figure donation from the C. W. Titus Foundation were released
Yes, you read that headliner correctly! A ground-breaking donation has been made to our college within our outstanding university. The gift has several aspects to it and will help students within all seven departments of the College of Arts and Letters. This college includes more than 45 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs that are focused on aiding the promotion of learning and communication. The departments include that of Art and Design, Communication, English, Media/Journalism & Film, Modern and Classical Languages, Music, and Theatre and Dance. The gift will feature scholarships of $10,000 per academic year beginning in fall 2021 to select students within each department as well as a new art park associated with the permanent Tent Theatre location near Craig Hall.
“This gift makes a transformational statement as one of the largest in our university history. I can’t think of anything more exciting than a gift that shapes both personal and structural dreams. It removes economic barriers for students and helps the university build structures that foster student success. This gift makes our community stronger.”
– Dean Shawn Wahl
In honor of this incredible gift, Missouri State University’s College of Arts and Letters will be renamed in recognition of Judith Enyeart Reynolds as the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Letters. Additionally, the new art park will be called the Judith Enyeart Reynolds Art Park. Judy and her husband Tim have been part of the Missouri State campus for several years and have strong ties here as both attended our university, and Judy was a faculty member in the English Department. Tim is currently a trustee of the C. W. Titus Foundation.
For more information, a link to the complete article detailing the donation can be found here.
The profound effects of this donation will carry on for years to come. More than 60 students will be benefiting from the scholarships within the next four years, and it will eventually help hundreds.