In her Columbus, Georgia high school, Lynne Coppage Land '60 had not one, but two teachers who had attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The educators were involved in the College and encouraged Land to attend prospective student parties. At the events, she met more alumnae from the area. "I thought, you know, I'd really like to grow up and be like these people,'" she said.
A strong sense of community is one of the first things many people notice about the College and, like so many alumnae, Land cherishes the memories of all the wonderful people she met here, from students to professors. Of course the challenging academics were also very memorable. Land was a math major who went on to teach computer programming for IBM, and while she says that she wasn't the best student in the world, she felt that her classes and professors gave her the tools she needed for success. While attending her 50th Reunion she had a wonderful time reminiscing about her college years. "I feel like I made really enduring friendships, and I feel like it prepared me for life. I just loved it."
In the years that followed her graduation Land searched for a way to give back to her school, and when her husband, A.J. joined the advisory board of The Preservation Institute of Nantucket, a great scholarship idea was born. A little over 20 years ago they founded the Lynne Coppage Land Award for summer study in architectural research, which places the selected student in the Preservation Institute of Nantucket's Intern Program at the University of Florida. "We decided that this would be a great twofer because we could give something to Randolph-Macon and also something to the Preservation Institute by sponsoring a student to go there." Land says she loves hearing praise from the Institute about the quality of the Randolph College students; something she hears year after year. And while she and A.J. love getting thank you notes from the scholarship students, Lynne was delighted to meet several of the award recipients at the Stewardship Luncheon.
Land fulfilled her tenure on the Board of Trustees in 2005, but remains involved in the College. "When I visited last spring, the campus was a happy place. The kids were great, and that was good to see," she said. Seeing students continue to thrive makes Land proud to be a supporter. "None of us have gotten where we are on our own," she said. "There are so many people who have given to R-MWC, which helped me when I was there and made it a better school. We all have a responsibility to give back."