March 4, 2019
Mr. W. Graham Arader, III
1016 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10075
Brenau University and I thank you for both for your vision and generosity. Consequently, the gifts you have directed our way have made possible a natural history art and academic resources collection that allows our students the opportunity to study natural history science art from the masters such as Linnaeus, Merian, Ravenscroft, Redouté, and Edwin Dalton Smith, just to name a few.
Amazingly, the gifts of art now approximate $1,350,000. But the financial value does not tell the real story, which is how the ornithology and botanical art and library resources contribute to a creative learning experience at Brenau. The impressive art is an education in and of itself that enables our students to walk the halls of our science building and library and be reminded of the process of analysis, detail, and rendering that generated these magnificent watercolors, lithographs, and engravings. The art allows students to be reminded of the significance of plants and wildlife and the consequences that can unfold when natural habitats are not protected. Most significantly, given the urbanized context from which so many of our students come, this art provides them an opportunity to see the wonder of natural life and its resplendent beauty.
Graham, there are no words to convey my personal appreciation for your generosity, enthusiasm, and vision. The heart of our mission is to challenge students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment derived from a unique, transforming curriculum. You daily help makes this so.
Cheers to you,
Ed L. Schrader, Ph.D.