Lenoir-Rhyne University recently received a $400,000 grant from The Cannon Charitable Trusts to fund two critical infrastructure improvements. As a result of the grant, air conditioning was installed at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium at the Hickory campus, and the boiler at the Columbia Center, home to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, will be replaced.
"I would like to thank The Cannon Charitable Trusts for this generous investment to update the historical Shuford Gym and to replace the boiler unit at Columbia," said University President Fred Whitt, Ph.D. "We are very grateful for their continued support of LR, and particularly, for these two projects, which will enhance the environment for our entire campus community."
The addition of air conditioning will significantly improve the experience for fans and student-athletes in Shuford Gym, as well as expand the use of Shuford Gym throughout the year for the broader community. Shuford is home to LR men's and women's basketball teams and the volleyball team. It has a capacity of 3,200 and was erected in 1956 in memory of the late A. Alex Shuford Sr.
The boiler replacement will lend stability to the Columbia campus, which has been without a backup boiler since 1996. The new boiler will become the primary boiler, allowing the old boiler to serve as the backup. The boiler system provides central heat to seven of eight buildings on the Columbia campus.
Based in Concord, North Carolina, The Cannon Charitable Trusts were established to carry on the charitable works of Charles A. Cannon, president and chairman of Cannon Mills Company.