Posts Tagged ‘Higher Education

24
Mar
09

$12 Million to University of Illinois from Estate of Arlys Streitmatter Conrad

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 Company in Chicago for 38 years in a number of corporate positions, including 23 years as corporate secretary, as well as managed her family’s centennial farm in Speer, Illinois, prior to her death in the fall of 2007.  According to the university, “Mrs. Conrad’s $12 million estate gift, which will be included in the University’s $2.25 billion Brilliant Futures fund-raising campaign, brought her total giving to the University of Illinois to more than $13.1 million and fits her lifelong commitment to the study and teaching of English as well as agriculture.”

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.

26
Feb
09

$67 Million In-Kind Contribution by Jackie Chan to University in Singapore

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 Ming and Qing dynasties.  The donation is pending approval from Chinese authorities.


11
Feb
09

$500,000 to Texas Tech from Michael and Barbara McKenzie

The Texas Tech Alumni Association Merket Alumni Center campaign has received a $500,000 gift toward its $4 million expansion campaign from Michael (“Mickey”) and Barbara Esslinger McKenzie.  Mr. McKenzie, who is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grocery Supply Company (GSC), graduated from Texas Tech in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in management.  Mrs. McKenzie graduated from the school in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in history and currently serves as president of the alumni associations National Board of Directors.  According to the university, the new ballroom in the Center will be named in the family’s honor.


10
Feb
09

$1.5 Million to Kennesaw State University from Harnisch Foundation

Kennesaw State University has announced receipt of a $1.5 million grant from the Harnisch Foundation to establish a center to research and develop innovative ways to produce and distribute news.  The grant, which will be spread over five years, will help underwrite applied research, build collaborations and advance innovative journalism projects regionally and around the country.  The center will be overseen by Leonard Witt, Kennesaw State’s Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication, who has been described by the university as “a pioneer in developing community-supported journalism models and exploring the potential of online social networks to disseminate news.”  As foundation president Ruth Ann Harnisch explained in a Kennesaw newsletter, “Technology has changed everything for everyone in every way…Len Witt understands how that affects the flow of information. I am investing in his leadership in the field because he’s willing to engage in bold experiments that could help shape the future of journalism.”

08
Feb
09

$5 Million Anonymous Donation to Franklin & Marshall College

An anonymous donor has made a gift of over $5 million to support Franklin & Marshall College’s Patricia E. Harris Center for Business, Government & Public Policy.  The newly renovated Center will house the government department, the business, organizations and society department, the Floyd Institute for Public Policy and information technology services.   According to Lancaster Online, the donation includes a $1 million challenge.


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.”




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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 […]

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