Campbell University breaks ground on John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center

September 10, 2012

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Art Pope joined other philanthropists and community leaders on a sunny day in 2006 in Buies Creek, North Carolina, to break ground on the Campbell University convocation center named after his late brother, John. Campbell has more details in a press release: Campbell University celebrated the groundbreaking for the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center September 1st. Donors, administrators, and community leaders took up ceremonial gold shovels to turn the dirt at the site, located near the intersection of Main Street and Leslie Campbell Avenue. The 109,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2008. It will house a 3,000 seat arena, Sports Hall of Fame lobby, hospitality suite, practice gymnasium, wrestling practice room, and basketball-volleyball-wrestling offices and locker rooms. There will also be a 5,000 square foot student fitness center with a stand alone entrance for student convenience. A project anticipated for decades, the John W. Pope Jr....

New center at Duke University studies the history of economic theories

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Duke Today reports on the arrival of a new academic center on Duke University’s campus devoted to studying the historical juncture between politics and economics. The academic center was made possible by grants from the John William Pope Foundation: The current economic turbulence has prompted news reports filled with terms such as fiscal stimulus, monetary policy and market stabilization. Such concepts are easy to take for granted, but they represent ideas developed and debated about over the last 300 years. A new center at Duke studies the history of these economic theories.  "We have these popular images and sound bites about what famous economists like Adam Smith and Karl Marx thought, but what were they really saying, in the context of the time that they were saying it?" said Bruce Caldwell, the director of the newly created Center for the History of Political Economy (HOPE) at Duke. "Typically, many of the issues that they viewed as important then are issues that are being...

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Pope Foundation completes $4.5-million grant to Campbell convocation center

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Campbell University’s new convocation center in Buies Creek, North Carolina, is due in large part to the generosity of the John William Pope Foundation. To honor the life of John William Pope Jr., who passed away in 2004, the Pope Foundation made a five-year commitment totaling $4.5 million to help construct the center. Campbell University has the details in this press release: The state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility will seat about 3,100 spectators for athletic events and up to 5,000 for special events such as concerts, graduation activities and other community gatherings. In addition to the main arena, the center includes a student fitness center, training and weight rooms, practice facility, sport locker rooms, athletic offices, a hospitality room, labs and classrooms for the exercise science department and the Campbell Sports Hall of Fame. The center will also house the volleyball and wrestling teams. The university expects the center to benefit Campbell athletics...

Pope Foundation grant funds program on politics, law, and the economy

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Since 2004, the John William Pope Foundation has invested heavily in a program at N.C. State University “to support teaching and research activities on issues relating to public policy, politics, economics, and law.” This press release from N.C. State announces a new five-year commitment from the Pope Foundation totaling $700,000: The funding is an extension of a previous grant from the Pope Foundation, and will continue to fund the university’s “Economic, Legal and Political Foundations of Free Societies” project – which includes a lecture series, undergraduate courses and research grants for students and faculty. The grant will also continue to support the student organization, the Society for Politics, Economics and the Law. However, the new grant provides new funding for visiting scholars, project enrichment materials and administrative support. The grant was awarded jointly to the Department of Economics in NC State’s College of Management and the School of...

Pope Foundation gives $3 million to UNC

September 7, 2012

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The John William Pope Foundation is committed to preserving North Carolina’s higher education legacy. This article in Philanthropy Journal underscores that commitment: The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh has given $3 million to improve facilities that provide academic support to student athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The gift will fund a new 29,000-square-foot home for the John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center that will be part of a renovation of Kenan Stadium. The original center, which opened in 1986 and also was funded by the Pope Foundation, was less than one-third the size of the new center and was located in the stadium's previous field house. The new center will serve nearly 800 student athletes in 28 sports at the university and will include classrooms for teaching and tutoring; advanced computer technology; a writing lab; and reading rooms and office space. "We're committed to giving our student athletes the...

Pope Foundation underwrites Campbell Law School building renovation

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In September 2009, Campbell Law School moved from the main Campbell campus in Buies Creek, North Carolina, into a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Raleigh. The tab: $15 million. A $1.2 million grant from the Pope Foundation helped to defray the cost. This press release from Campbell University explains the details: "We are grateful to the leaders of the John W. Pope Foundation for their meaningful contribution to Campbell Law School," said Dean Melissa Essary. "Their investment in Campbell Law's new Raleigh home is extraordinary. At $1.2 million, it is not only the largest gift received thus far toward our building campaign, it is the largest gift in the history of the Law School."  The Pope Foundation is a long-time supporter of Campbell University. Most recently the Foundation provided $4.5 million toward the construction of the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on the University's main campus in Buies Creek. The Convocation Center bequest was made...