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20
Mar
09

$3.5 Million to Wesleyan University from John Shapiro and Shonni Silverberg

In February, John M. Shapiro and Shonni J. Silverberg made a gift of $3.5 million to “transform the teaching of writing” at Wesleyan University and endow institution’s Creative Writing Center.  The donors asked that $2.5 million of the gift be used to endow a faculty position in writing and that the remaining $1 million support renovation of the Creative Writing Center.  Mr. Shapiro is co-founder and managing director of Chieftain Capital Management, an investment advisory firm based in New York City. He graduated with Honors from Wesleyan in 1974, then earned an MBA from Columbia University in 1978. Dr. Shonni J. Silverberg received her BA cum laude at Wesleyan in 1976 with a major in Biology, and earned her MD from Cornell University in 1980. She is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and currently serves as a member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.  According to the university’s website, the couple had previously provided an endowment for Wesleyan’s Jewish Studies program, underwritten scholarships and contributed to the Wesleyan Fund.

27
Feb
09

$1 Million to Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has pledged $1 million to The UCLA Foundation to fund an endowed chair in clinical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.   The focus of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology will be to catalyze the UCLA’s current program by augmenting research in the discipline while reinforcing the importance of clinical pharmacology education at the Geffen School of Medicine.  The foundation, created to promote education, tolerance, social services and the arts by the Gilberts, is now directed by Richard Ziman and Martin H. Blank Jr., both longtime UCLA supporters.  More information on the gift is available on the university’s web site.

27
Feb
09

$2 Million to University of Tennessee from Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has announced receipt of a $2 million gift from Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy.  According to the Times Free Press, the contribution will be split with $1.5 million to establish the Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy Global Finance Center at the business school and the remaining $500,000 earmarked for the university’s football program.  Ms. Haugerud and Mr. Murphy run hedge fun Galtere, Ltd., with Ms. Haugerud serving as managing principal and chief investment officer and Mr. Murphy in the role of chief development officer.  Mr. Murphy is an alumnus of the university, was a “walk-on” for the school’s football team as a student and was a teammate of the team’s current coach, Russ Huesman, and offensive line coach, Russ Ehrenfeld.

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2009/feb/24/financiers-give-2-million-university-tennessee-cha/

08
Feb
09

$3 Million to McGill University and Hope and Cope from Christine and Herschel Victor

A new chair in psychosocial oncology is being established at McGill University courtesy of a $3 million contribution by long-time supporters Christine and Herschel Victor.   Mr. Victor is the Chairman and CEO of Jack Victor Ltd., a clothing manufacturer, and a 1944 graduate of McGill.  The funding will support a unique collaboration between Hope and Cope, a pioneer in psychosocial care for cancer patients, and the Jewish General Hospital, which houses Hope and Cope and is a teaching hospital for McGill University.  According to a McGill news release, “the new chair will help accelerate the transfer of research and new knowledge to patients, while encouraging the sharing of best practices across support organizations in the community. Its creation complements both McGill’s all-new Psychosocial Oncology academic programs as well as the pioneering support provided by Hope & Cope to meet the needs of patients, families and friends throughout all stages of cancer, from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, survivorship, and, when necessary, palliative care and bereavement.”

06
Feb
09

$18 Million Gift to the University of Texas at Austin from W.A. “Tex” Moncrief

W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, President of Moncrief Oil Interests in Fort Worth, has given $18 million to the University of Texas at Austin to create a named Endowment in Simulation-Based Engineering Sciences.  The gift, which will be combined with an $18 million contribution from an anonymous donor to create the endowment, will allow the university’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) to support eight new Faculty Fellows, nine Grand Challenge Faculty Fellows and eight undergraduate interns.  In an announcement issued by the University of Texas, University President William Powers Jr. said the gift “will allow [the] university to become the leader in researching what we call the scientific ‘grand challenges’ facing the nation and the world today. These will involve using computational engineering and science to study such monumental challenges as cardiovascular engineering, water sustainability and weather.”  Mr. Moncrief is a 1942 graduate of The University of Texas and a former member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.


05
Feb
09

$100 Million to Mass General, MIT and Harvard from Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon

Philip T. and Susan M. Ragon have pledged $100 million over ten years to a consortia of leading Boston institutions–Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology–to develop an effective vaccine against AIDS and harness the power of the immune system to prevent and cure other human diseases.  The gift will create the Philip T. and Susan M. Ragon Institute which will, according to Massachusetts General Hospital press office, “bring scientists and clinicians together with engineers, using the latest technologies in an interdisciplinary effort to better understand how the body fights infections and ultimately to apply that understanding against a wide range of infectious diseases and cancers.”  Mr. Ragon is founder, owner, and chief executive officer of InterSystems Corporation, a multinational software company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which provides database and integration technologies along with hospital information systems and national health record systems.  Mrs. Ragon is vice president of Finance and Administration at the company.  The couple resides in Cambridge.  In detailing their decision to make the gift to the consortia, Mr. Ragon explained that “by providing flexible funding and by connecting science and engineering at MIT and Harvard with the research and clinical resources of MGH, we intend to empower many of the world’s best researchers to focus on what they view as the most promising research. We hope to engage them in a multidisciplinary collaborative effort for which there may be no greater benefit – curing the ill and saving lives.” The Ragon Institute will be housed at Massachusetts General Hospital.


05
Feb
09

$2 Million to UCLA Anderson School of Management from Jim Easton

Jim Easton, Chairman and CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., a leading sporting goods company, has donated $2 million to the UCLA Anderson School of Management to establish a new technology leadership program which will bear his name.  According to an announcement from the university, The Easton Technology Leadership Program will “focus on the specific managerial and leadership needs of students with engineering and/or technical backgrounds.”  The gift follows a recent $2 million contribution by Mr. Easton to UCLA to construct a state-of-the-art classroom and a history of volunteer involvement and financial support.  Mr. Easton, who received his B.S. in engineering from UCLA in 1959, has been a member of the Anderson School’s Board of Visitors since 1988 and was named one of the founding members of UCLA’s Entrepreneur’s Hall in 2005 in recognition of his generosity to the school.




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  • $5 Million to Montclair State University from Anonymous Donor April 14, 2009
    Montclair State University has received an anonymous donation of $5 million, the largest such gift in the institution’s history.   According to announcement by the University News division, the funds will be used principally to fund scholarships to women and minorities.
  • $12 Million to University of Illinois from Estate of Arlys Streitmatter Conrad March 24, 2009
    The University of Illinois has just announced receipt of a $12 million endowment gift from the estate of 1944 alumnae Arlys Streitmatter Conrad.  The gift will be shared equally by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).  Mrs. Conrad had worked at S&C Electric […]
  • $3 Million to Oklahoma Schools from The Cherokee Nation March 24, 2009
    Over 100 public schools in northeastern Oklahoma will receive more than $3 million from The Cherokee Nation in 2009. The donation will come from revenue generated by tribal car tag sales. As principal Chief Chad Smith said at a news conference announcing the gift, “Innovative educational programs continue to be a priority as we plan […]
  • $3.5 Million to Wesleyan University from John Shapiro and Shonni Silverberg March 20, 2009
    In February, John M. Shapiro and Shonni J. Silverberg made a gift of $3.5 million to “transform the teaching of writing” at Wesleyan University and endow institution’s Creative Writing Center.  The donors asked that $2.5 million of the gift be used to endow a faculty position in writing and that the remaining $1 million support […]
  • $250,000 to Jarvis Christian College from Anonymous Donor February 27, 2009
    Jarvis Christian College has received $250,000 from an anonymous member of the Northway Christian Church.  The contribution, announced by Jarvis in January, will be used to endow a scholarship for a Northway student to attend the school.  Jarvis and Northway have a strong relationship, according to the Longview News-Journal, with the church supporting the co […]
  • $5 Million to the UCLA Library from the Arcadia Fund February 27, 2009
    The UCLA Library has received $5 million from the Arcadia Fund to “further develop, preserve and make accessible its collections,” according to the UCLA Newsroom.  This is the largest single gift for collections in the history of the library.  The Arcadia Fund, a British grantmaking fund administered by Charities Aid Foundation which has made several […] […]
  • $1 Million to Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation February 27, 2009
    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has pledged $1 million to The UCLA Foundation to fund an endowed chair in clinical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.   The focus of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology will be to catalyze the UCLA’s current program by […] […]
  • $1 Million to the UCLA Anderson School of Management from Richard S. Ziman February 27, 2009
    The UCLA Anderson School of Management has announced a $1 million gift from Board of Visitors member Richard S. Ziman, chairman of American Value Partners and co-chair of the school’s $100 million fundraising campaign.  One half of the contribution will fund the new Richard S. Ziman Fellowship, which will support graduate students studying real estate, […] […]
  • $2 Million to University of Tennessee from Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy February 27, 2009
    The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has announced receipt of a $2 million gift from Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy.  According to the Times Free Press, the contribution will be split with $1.5 million to establish the Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy Global Finance Center at the business school and the remaining $500,000 […]
  • $67 Million In-Kind Contribution by Jackie Chan to University in Singapore February 26, 2009
    Hong Kong martial arts action star Jackie Chan is donating historical Chinese houses valued at over US$67 million (S$101 million) to a new Singaporean university slated to open in 2011.  According to reports in AFP, Chan will give the campus seven wooden houses and a performing stage from his private collection which date to the […]