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Soaring to new heights: C-N announces partnership with American Eagle Foundation

Carson-Newman mascot “Talon,” displays a sticker celebrating a new partnership with the American Eagle Foundation. Pictured with Talon is the Foundation’s eagle, “America,” along with AEF trainer, John Simcox.

Carson-Newman University is pleased to announce a partnership with the American Eagle Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Sevierville, Tennessee. The relationship will provide new educational opportunities for C-N students, and a way for the C-N family to help further both the mission of Carson-Newman and the efforts of the American Eagle Foundation (AEF). 
The partnership hatched after a conversation in late May 2022 between C-N and the AEF for opportunities of cross promotion around National Mascot Day (June 17) and American Eagle Day (June 20). 
C-N’s Office of Marketing and Communications designed a bespoke sticker celebrating the partnership, and the University mascot- Talon the Bald Eagle. The sticker is available for a donation of $25 to C-N’s Acorn’s to Oaks: Science Fund from June 20th through the end of 2022. C-N will then make a gift to the AEF on behalf of all current and future C-N Eagles. The goal is to raise at least $5,000. 
“Acorns to Oaks, our five-year strategic plan, is designed to enhance every facet of Carson-Newman,” says Vice President for University Relations Kevin Triplett. “This partnership with the American Eagle Foundation draws attention to the wonderful work they are doing, provides us an avenue to profile our future and create another level of academic excellence at the University. Add to the fact we are Eagles and that is a focus for them it is a great fit.” 
“We wanted to highlight our mascot, Talon, and one idea was to create content with an actual eagle” said Asst. Vice President for Marketing and Communications Kyle Benjamin. “Dollywood’s Public Relations Director Wes Ramey (Class of ’05) put us in touch with the AEF, and it took off from there. The fact that Mascot Day and Eagle Day are so close together gave our team the chance to do some very intentional creative work, have fun, and highlight two organizations in a way that would be mutually beneficial.” 
“Partnering with Carson Newman on conservation, education and protection of the bald eagle seemed like such a natural fit. We’re thrilled to create future opportunities at the American Eagle Foundation that will enhance the Carson-Newman student experience,” said Jessica Hall, executive director of the American Eagle Foundation. 
The AEF is currently building a state-of-the-art facility less than 20 miles from C-N’s campus. This can give students ready access to new ways for enhanced, hands-on learning and service. 
“This is another exciting area of growth for Carson-Newman. We are blessed to have this new partnership with the American Eagle Foundation (AEF),” said University President Charles A. Fowler. “The potential educational opportunities for our students is tremendous, and we look forward to having the AEF bring an eagle to our football games this fall!” 
If you are interested in donating to the “C-N Acorns to Oaks: Sciences Fund” please visit: 

Click here to learn more about the American Eagle Foundation. 

About Carson-Newman: 

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The institution’s website is 

About the American Eagle Foundation: 
Through a deeply passionate commitment to conservation and educational outreach, the American Eagle Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to inspiring the global community to guard and protect the Bald Eagle and all birds of prey. The Foundation’s headquarters are located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in partnership with the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN. 

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