Sustaining the Program

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By Jonathan M. Hess, fall 2011

Achieving the goal of launching a major has not slowed down other  planning efforts at the Center. The Center’s faculty and its Board of Advisors recognize the importance of supporting the new major and sustaining the Center’s programs in the long term.

“Back when the Center was  formed, I don’t think any of us thought we’d see the major before the Center celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013,” said Jonathan Hess, director. “It’s an achievement we can all be proud of, and I hope you all share our sense of  accomplishment and excitement. Now, as we look ahead, we need  to continue to grow Jewish Studies and sustain the Center and its academic and public programs.

While we celebrate this important new endeavor for Carolina, we are at the same time continuing to work on other important projects  that will propel Carolina into the top tier of institutions with leading Jewish Studies programs.”

Among the top priorities, the Center is committed to continuing  to recruit and retain highly renowned faculty, who in turn will create new courses for Carolina’s students. In 2011–12, there are 14 affiliated faculty members, of which just six were at Carolina  in 2003. This growth in faculty means more opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students alike. Graduate student support is another key goal.  Recruiting highly promising scholars is very competitive among top tier institutions, and  these students are naturally in a situation where they need to balance academic priorities with financial realities. By expanding  fellowship opportunities,  Carolina can continue to attract talented graduate students who will bring new ideas for research projects, assist with faculty research projects, and serve as mentors for undergraduate students. Increasing funding for other key initiatives continues as well, including creating more programs that support undergraduate research endeavors, expanding the Center’s public  lecture program, and supporting new course development, especially for the Capstone Courses.

“In order to fully sustain the Center and the new major during our next 10 years, and  beyond, we will continue to seek leadership gifts that will provide endowment funds in perpetuity,” added Hess. “Specifically, during our second decade, we are hopeful to have a naming gift for the Center and an unrestricted endowment  for the Directorship. Equally essential to the long-term sustainability of the Center,  we also need to double the amount raised through Annual Giving each year.”