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Jenzabar Foundation Provides Technology Funding for Limestone’s Winnie Davis Hall of History
Winnie_Davis_TechonolgyThe Jenzabar Foundation of Boston, Mass. has awarded a $20,000 grant to Limestone College for the installation of interactive technology in its Winnie Davis Hall of History.

With the grant, Limestone was able to complete the comprehensive renovation of Winnie Davis Hall of History by equipping its six classrooms with custom-built multi-media computer systems that allows professors and students to-among other tasks-access the Internet, watch video presentations and participate in multi-party conferencing.

"We are constantly seeking ways to improve the learning experience for our students through innovative technologies," said Dr. Walt Griffin, President of Limestone. "The multimedia technology now available in Winnie Davis enables our students to access a wide array of resources and interactive technology that is necessary for the success of current students and for those of generations to come. Jenzabar is a wonderful partner to have in an endeavor such as this. Their commitment to profoundly impacting the lives of students and communities the world over is one that we share." Robert A. Maginn, Jr., Chairman of the Jenzabar Foundation, presented Griffin with the $20,000 check in Orlando, Fla. in early June.
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Each classroom in Winnie Davis Hall of History is equipped with a custom-built multi-media computer system that allows for instructors and students to access the Internet, watch video presentations and participate in multi-party conferencing.

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Each computer system is operated by its own control deck such as the one shown here.

Built in 1904, the Winnie Davis Hall of History had fallen into such disrepair in the late 1970s that it was deemed unsafe and was closed. Limestone launched a $4.8 million initiative in 2008 to restore the building. The effort centered upon blending the building's late Gothic Revival architecture-complete with an octagonal sky-lighted tower, a double staircase in its entry foyer and ornate, and arched windows-with the absolute latest in contemporary classroom technology.  In early March, the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation honored Limestone with an Excellence in Preservation Award for the College's restoration of Winnie Davis Hall of History.

The technology grant represented the second time in less than a year that Jenzabar and Limestone joined forces for the betterment of others. In late 2009, Limestone's Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) was awarded the Jenzabar Foundation's Best in Class award during a conference in Beverly, Massachusetts. Jenzabar officials presented the award and a $1,000 grant to SALC representatives Mark Pursley, a senior from Rock Hill, S.C. who is serving as president of SALC, and K.C. Barnhill, Director of Alumni and Parent Programs and SALC Advisor. The award was in recognition of SALC's highly successful second annual 5K race fundraiser which raised $5 thousand, all of which was given to the Cherokee Children's Home.

"We feel truly honored to be recognized by such a world-class organization like Jenzabar," said Pursley. "At Limestone, we take to heart the notion of helping others, and helping children is such a humbling and rewarding experience."

The Jenzabar Foundation issues grants to institutions of higher education and other charitable organizations with similarly aligned missions, and helps promote the activities of grant recipients within their communities and on a global level. The Jenzabar Foundation is a charitable and educational organization that received its initial funding from Jenzabar, Inc.