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College creates Mike Shines Endowment

September 16, 2019

As part of the Homecoming festivities last weekend, the College unveiled the Mike Shines Endowment. Shines, the long-time Director of the Aquatic Center and Strength Coach, has touched so many lives during his tenure on campus and alum Shay Doll ’02 and her husband, Buddy Wilton, contributed generously to the endowment. Doll, a member of the College’s ski team, got to know Shines well and spoke briefly at Saturday’s announcement.

The Mike Shines Endowment will benefit all athletics. From equipment to facilities and scholarships for student athletes, the Fund will mimic Shines’ tremendous impact on students and the College as a whole. And, according to Vice President of College Relations Jack Cafferty, when the Endowment reaches $1 million, the College will rename its pool after Shines.

“When he’s long gone, his impact on the athletic department will live on,” Cafferty said.

To contribute to the Mike Shines Endowment, click here to make your gift now, select “Specify a Different Designation,” and type Mike Shines Endowment in the box on your screen.

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