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Milestone Generosity: Fall-Winter 2018

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IUP’s $75-million Imagine Unlimited Campaign is inspiring the university community—both on and off campus—to come together in support of IUP’s future and its ability to secure the future for everyone. The campaign is enabling IUP to step forward as a national leader by transforming the student experience through scholarships, program enhancements, and new and modernized facilities. Learn more at the Imagine Unlimited website.

Paying It Forward

Terry Griffith ’74 and Donna McCrea Griffith ’74, M’77 both had successful careers with strong ties to IUP. Terry was employed by the Student Cooperative Association for 40 years, while Donna worked in social service, medical and educational environments, and various management roles at IUP. She retired in 2011 as assistant dean for administration in the School of Graduate Studies and Research.  

Adding to their previous support of IUP, the Griffiths are establishing an endowed scholarship that will support students pursuing degrees offered by the Department of Counseling or the Department of Communications Media. The Griffiths’ commitment includes a painting, Salvador Dali’s Tolle, tolle, crucifige eum. 

They said, “IUP has played a significant role in the growth of our personal and professional lives. We strongly believe our continued support to the university is a tangible way of saying thank you and of paying it forward to those who will come after us.”

Honoring Their Passions

Joe and Susan Kovaleski had several goals in mind when they established a scholarship. They are passionate about helping families with financial need to access better life opportunities, and they see education as the best solution for meeting and overcoming the challenges of poverty. As educators themselves, they are committed to supporting the development of effective teachers. And, they want to support the Northumberland County region, where they were raised. Students who earn the Kovaleskis’ scholarship will be in good academic standing, will be full-time students in the College of Education and Communications, and will pursue a degree in education or a related field.

Marking a Distinguished Career

As a capstone to his storied career in higher education—the last 20 years of which took place at IUP—Michael Hood, dean of IUP’s College of Fine Arts, and his wife, Katherine Hood D’08, established the Michael J. Hood Scholarship for Theater shortly after the dean’s retirement in June. Friends and colleagues honored his retirement by contributing to the scholarship. See more details about Dean Hood’s retirement.

The university received the following gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more, made to the Foundation for IUP between May 15 and September 30, 2018. The university community thanks all who invest in IUP and its students.

  • The Estate of William Culp ’57, in excess of $404,000 to the Dr. William Culp Library Collection for Transpersonal Psychology
  • Susan Snell Delaney ’64 and John Delaney, $50,000 to the John J. Delaney and Susan S. Delaney Family Scholarship for students from Indiana and Westmoreland counties
  • Terry Griffith ’74 and Donna McCrea Griffith ’74, M’77, $25,000 to establish the Terry and Donna Griffith Scholarship Fund for students pursuing degrees in the Department of Counseling or in the Department of Communications Media
  • Garry and Linda Hess, $37,500 to the Glenn C. Hess ’37 and Virginia Niessner Hess Scholarship for students majoring in early childhood development, special education, or middle-level education
  • Michael Hood and Katherine Hood D’08, $25,000 to the Michael J. Hood Scholarship for Theater
  • Carl Johnson ’73, $25,000 to the restoration of the Breezedale patio in memory of Mary Jo Banks Lyttle ’86, M’89 and $170,000 to establish the Carl and Linda Johnson Memorial Scholarship for students from Blair, Bedford, and Huntingdon counties
  • Elizabeth Johnson, a gift of artwork valued in excess of $36,000 to the University Museum
  • Joseph Kovaleski and Susan Kovaleski, $25,000 to establish the Dr. Joseph F. and Susan Verano Kovaleski Scholarship for students in the College of Education and Communications who are pursuing a degree in education or in an education-related field
  • Kim Lyttle ’72, M’74, $25,000 to the restoration of the Breezedale patio in honor and memory of Mary Jo Banks Lyttle ’86, M’89
  • Edward Mackey and Cecelia Mackey, $250,000 to establish the Mackey Family Endowed Scholars program in support of students who participate in the Student Managed Investment Portfolio program
  • McAneny Brothers, Inc., $25,000 to establish the McAneny Brothers, Inc., Business Scholarship for students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • Penelope Moyer Naylor ’77 and Patrick Naylor, $25,000 to establish the Dr. W. Patrick and Penelope J. Naylor Pre-dentistry Scholarship for students in the Pre-dentistry Track of the BS in Natural Science program
  • Edward Platt and Olga Platt, $25,000 to the Edward and Olga Platt Scholarship for students who are military veterans or for female students enrolled in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • The Estate of Bruce A. Schonour ’71, in excess of $281,000 to establish the Bruce Schonour Enhancement Fund for the IUP Marching Band, the Bruce Schonour Enhancement Fund for Theater Programs, the Bruce Schonour Scholarship for Music, the Bruce Schonour Scholarship for Honors College, and the Bruce Schonour Enhancement Fund for the IUP Swim Team and to enhance the Charles Davis and Robert Ensley Memorial Scholarship
  • Diane Wynn Wagner ’69 and William Wagner ’69, in excess of $40,000 to the William G. and Diane Wynn Wagner Scholarships for Trombone and Voice