Giving Tuesday guys

Drive helps grateful alums, friends give back

When Rick de Treville ’68 was asked to be a volunteer during last year’s #GivingTuesday event, he thought back to his days at LaGrange College – especially to one English professor who issued him a wake-up call.

“One day, Dr. Muriel Williams told me I needed to pack up and go home because I was not putting any effort into my education,” he said. “She told me I was not being fair to my parents, and I was wasting their money.”

Calling it “tough love at its finest,” de Treville said her words resonated.

“I listened, and it shaped my future,” he said. “Dr. Williams turned an immature and aimless youth into a motivated professional.”

But it saddened him that she never knew how much he appreciated her. So, working with last year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, he reached out to classmates who may have had similar memories.

“This was a perfect opportunity to give back to LaGrange College in honor of her, and all the other caring professors and mentors who have helped so many students like me realize their full potential,” he said.

He and his group of seven all designated Dr. Williams as their honoree, and raised $2,050 for the drive.

“Each of our reasons to contribute in her name was personal,” he said. “It was a combination of thankfulness, appreciation, respect and love for this caring professor.  Simply put – she gave to us, we felt it and we honored her.”

This year’s #GivingTuesday event is Nov. 27. It is an internationally recognized day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day kicks off the holiday giving season with a goal to inspire people to collaborate in improving their communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Anabeth Ivey, LaGrange College Fund Gift Officer, said she is excited to build on the success of last year’s drive.

“Our inaugural #GivingTuesday campaign in 2017 took everyone by surprise when we raised almost $50,000 to support our students,” she said. “We were so proud of the LC community for coming together and making our first giving day a huge success.”

One of the most rewarding parts of the project for Ivey is working with the alumni volunteers.

“We love learning about the many ways LaGrange College transformed their lives as students,” she said. “They are all thrilled to have this opportunity to pay it forward so current students can have those same great experiences.”  

Visit here to donate or for more information about #GivingTuesday.


Cultural Enrichment events

Today (Friday)

  • Election 2018: Democrats and Republicans, 11:30 a.m., Corn Auditorium (Sustainability Credit)


  • Football Senior Day, 1 p.m., Callaway Stadium


  • SGA Town Hall: President Dan McAlexander and SGA President Caitlyn Deal, 8 p.m., Dickson Assembly Room


  • How to Navigate a Career Fair, 11:15 a.m., Lewis Library multimedia classroom
  • Black Student Union Benefit Concert, 7:30 p.m., Beason Recital Hall


  • Health and Wellness Tips for College Students, 11 a.m., Corn Auditorium and library plaza
  • Understanding the Kneeling of Colin Kaepernick, 7 p.m., Dickson Assembly Room


  • No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town, 11:15 a.m., Boopie (Sustainability Credit)
  • Don Rovak, senior vice president of the Atlanta Falcons, 11:15 a.m., Callaway Science Building, Room 104
  • How Does That Make You Feel? An informative lunch sponsored by Clinical Mental Health Master’s Program, 11:15 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room

In the headlines

Season on the line for Panthers – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 29, 2018

Last-second loss for Panthers – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 29, 2018

College holds annual fall festival – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 30, 2018

College holds annual fall festival – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 30, 2018


Video of the Week



Men's Soccer game

Men’s soccer
The Panthers (10-9) ended their 2018 season with a 2-1 loss at Maryville in the first round of the USA South Tournament on Tuesday. Matthew Fritts scored off an assist from Connor Liney for LC’s goal. The 10 wins tied for the second most in the program’s history.

Women's Volleyball

LaGrange (10-12) had its season end with a 3-1 loss to Piedmont in the first round of the USA South Tournament on Tuesday at Covenant College. Jazzlyn Kenner led LC with a match-high 19 kills. Senior Lauren Sanders finished fourth on the school’s career assists list with 2,117.

Football vs. Brevard

The Panthers (2-6, 1-4 USA South) lost 38-34 at Brevard in a USA South game last Saturday. Quarterback Caleb Speir threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Brendon Scott ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns. LC hosts Methodist for Senior Day on Saturday. Kickoff is 1 p.m.


Campus notes

Nursing students will host exhibit booths from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Corn Auditorium and the library plaza featuring health topics aimed at college students. Registered nurses from the RN-BSN program will present about 15 minutes before students tour the exhibits.  

State Rep. Bob Trammell (Democrat) and State Rep. candidate Vance Smith (Republican) will appear together to talk about party positions, the 2018 election and areas of bipartisan unity at 11:15 a.m. today (Friday) in Corn Auditorium. They also will take questions from the audience.

A benefit concert for the Black Student Union will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Beason Recital Hall at West Side.

Brian Carlisle, Vice President and Dean of Students, and Caitlyn Deal, SGA president, will host a porch chat on the front porch of Smith Hall at 10 a.m. today (Friday) and 1 p.m. Nov. 9. Students are invited to grab a coffee, pull up a rocking chair and get to know campus leaders.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time ends.