Catawba alumnus makes $50,000 gift to Shuford Stadium

Gene Fuller '52 is quick to tell you that no matter how much he and his classmates “give to Catawba, the institution did more for us than we could possibly ever pay back.” He and his wife of 48 years, Jane Bost, recently made a $50,000 gift to the Shuford Stadium project as one way of saying, “Thank you,” to Fuller’s alma mater. The $4 million stadium project will conclude this summer, and regular season play is scheduled there beginning with the first home game, Sept. 6. The facility will have new bleachers and a seating capacity of approximately 4,000, nearly 1,000 more seats than the old stadium. Catawba College Senior Vice President Tom Childress called the Fullers’ gift “much appreciated.” He said Fuller saw a need and simply “tried to help fill it.” “This type of gift is very typical of Gene,” Childress said. “He loves Catawba and has, since his graduation from here, continually lent his support to her various projects.” “I’m very interested in athletics,” Fuller explained, “and I like football. I saw they needed some money on the stadium project, and I thought I could help out.” At the stadium, new concession stands are being constructed on both sides of the field, along with a larger press box, more restroom facilities, a coaches’ box where staffs can videotape and observe games, and a special area for seating guests of the college president. The stadium will be handicap accessible and include an elevator to the press box. The playing surface itself, Kirkland Field, will be redone to include drainage and irrigation. The track surrounding Kirkland Field will also be resurfaced. Project architect is Gray Stout of Salisbury, while the general contractor is Jarrell Construction. Fuller is a retired commercial real estate developer who makes his home in Charlotte. He was born and raised in Lumberton, the youngest of five children, and the first in his family to attend college. He chose Catawba because a couple of his friends were planning to go and encouraged him to join them. What he found was a close-knit college community where he “wasn’t just a number.” Fuller’s two sons, Mark and David, have followed their father's footsteps and have careers in commercial real estate sales in Charlotte. Fuller describes his family as “very close,” and is especially proud of his two grandchildren, Elizabeth, 13, and William Alexander, 15.

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Golf (M) @ King Inv. - Day 2 (CC of Bristol),
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«September 2017»
September 1

Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2

September 2

Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn. 

Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3

Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2

September 3

Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0

September 6

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3

September 8

Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd

Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3

September 9

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Football @ VMI 27-20

Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4

September 10

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4

September 15

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1

September 16

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1

Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)

September 19

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3

September 20

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4

September 22

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3

September 23

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

September 24

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 26

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10

Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0

September 29

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

September 30

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

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