During a luncheon to dedicate a campus center that honors Winthrop's president and his wife, the university announced a $200,000 estate gift from the school's first couple.
The gift will pay for a new scholarship created to honor President Anthony J. DiGiorgio's late parents, Mary Grace and Antonino DiGiorgio. It also will support an existing scholarship that honors Gale DiGiorgio's late parents, Margaret and Ernest Nesius.
The gift was announced as the school dedicated its new Anthony J. and Gale N. DiGiorgio Campus Center, which opened last month.
The university also announced Friday that the 224-seat theater inside the center will be named for the DiGiorgios' older daughter, Dina, who died in May 2007 after a brief illness. The theater will be known as "Dina's Place."
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"As honored and humbled as we are by the naming of the campus center in our honor," Anthony DiGiorgio said, "the occasion would be missing something if the immediate family members no longer with us were not recognized in some meaningful way."
Besides the theater, the 128,229-square-foot campus center features a food court, book store, Starbucks, pool tables, gaming area and meeting rooms for the school's more than 180 student organizations.
During the luncheon inside the center, DiGiorgio said he and his wife were impressed by how quickly the building has become the epicenter of campus life.
The center builds on the university's devotion to student engagement and learning, he said.
"We are thrilled because we believe the students are thrilled," he said.
Gale DiGiorgio said she remembers the excitement created by the college campus centers she visited as a child in Lexington, Ky., as a young adult at the University of West Virginia and during her own career in higher education.
"I am personally very touched and honored to have my name attached to this building," she said, "and very proud of my husband, who is one of the many people who made this possible."
The DiGiorgios' younger daughter, Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson, said the values of the DiGiorgio family have become the "backbone" of the new center. Those values include learning from one another, sharing meals, laughing and meeting friends.
"Through the light of Tony and Gale DiGiorgio," she said, "this campus community shall come together under this roof and shine."