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Lilly Center




The Lilly Center for Vocation and Values was born from a major grant to Catawba College from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

In 2003, Catawba College became one of 39 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a major grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. With funds from that grant, Catawba College founded the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. Dr. Kenneth Clapp, who also serves as Chaplain and Vice-President of the College, currently directs the Lilly Center.

Thee years later, Catawba College received a renewal grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. This sustainability grant allows The Lilly Center at Catawba College, along with 30 other institutions, to promote programs that have helped participants, especially students, discover and use their gifts in ways that serve others. The funds also help in continuing to make a special focus by encouraging students to consider how they can make a real difference in today's world through the Christian ministry.

Location & Hours
The Lilly Center Offices are located in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Our office hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.


Coffee House
The 3rd Place, the Lilly Center's coffee (& tea) house is located in the basement of Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. Student managed and staffed, The 3rd Place offers complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies. The menu also includes:

  • Soda: $0.50
  • Snacks: $0.50
  • Popsicles: $0.25
  • Pop Tarts: $0.50
  • Coffee Flavor Shots: $0.25

  • Sunday: 3:00pm-11:00pm
  • Monday: 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

In the 3rd Place, students discover the added benefit of available workspace to spread out and organize assignments or relax on the couches to watch a movie on their devices. Only down the hill from the Corriher-Linn-Black Library on campus, students can easily print their materials and/or assignments or borrow materials on their way down to the coffee house.

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