November 2010

This past week was National Philanthropy Week, and we were able to celebrate it in a big way here at Joyner Library.  Joyner is fortunate to be the recipient of the single largest individual gift to the East Carolina University.  In 1998, Mrs. Verona Lee Joyner Langford donated much of her $8 million estate to create an endowment to “provide support for the purchase of books, publications, equipment, furnishings or other resources to supplement the educational and research opportunities available to students and faculty at Joyner Library.” Since the creation of the endowment, the Langford Endowment has been used to buy books and equipment and to upgrade and enhance the Library’s electronic instruction rooms as well as many, many other things beyond the Library’s state provide budget. To say thank you to Mrs. Joyner and to recognize the many other wonderful donors who have contributed to the enrichment of our collections and facilities, Mrs. Joyner’s niece, Emily Monk Davidson, hosted the third annual Verona Lee Langford birthday celebration. Birthday cake, in the shape of a purple pig, and iced tea were served to the hundreds of students and other guests who turned for this special ceremony. All of us at here at ECU have benefited immeasurably from Mrs. Langford’s gift as well as from the philanthropy of Joyner Library’s many, many friends. So thanks to all of you–students, faculty, staff and community supporters; without you Joyner Library would be unable to provide many of the wonderful services and collections of which we are so proud.

Verona Joyner Langford's Birthday Dean Larry Boyer @ Verona Joyner Langford's Birthday
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