Erskine’s renovated pool facility was dedicated in honor of Winnie Morrison Phillips, Erskine alumna and former alumni director, in an outdoor ceremony Saturday, June 10. Phillips, who graduated in 1941, and a number of her family members and friends were present for the occasion.
Vice President for Alumni and Advancement Buddy Ferguson said Phillips was delighted.
“I won’t be getting into the pool, but I hope people of all ages in our community will enjoy it!” she said.
The pool is set to reopen this summer and will be operated under a joint-use agreement between Erskine and the Town of Due West.
The repair and upgrade of the pool facility began early this spring, thanks to the success of a joint fund-raising effort by Erskine College and the Town of Due West near the end of 2016, which raised a little over $150,000.
Friends and family of Winnie Phillips were responsible for a large share of donations to the project, and Erskine students made a significant contribution through donations from the Student Government Association, Student Christian Association, Erskine Entertainment Board, Rock Climbing Club, and Student Finance Committee.
Due West Mayor Charles Angel worked with town attorney Paul Agnew, Erskine Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Greg Haselden, and then-Vice President for Communications Cliff Smith on the details of the joint-use agreement.
Heading the fund-raising committee for the pool were Phillips and Paul Bell, an Erskine College alumnus and director of The Renaissance, a retirement community in Due West.
Other committee members included Angel, David Grier, Dick and Jan Haldeman, Herb and Effie Jordan, and John A. Simpson.