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Milestone Generosity: Spring 2019

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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.

A Place in University History

Charles Cashdollar ’65 earned his MA and PhD in history at the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Indiana State College. He returned to IUP in 1969 to join the History Department faculty. In the 1980s, he led a curriculum overhaul by spearheading the university’s Liberal Studies program, which has stood the test of time. He also served on the team that conceptualized what is known today as the Cook Honors College. Cashdollar was named Distinguished University Professor in 1994, professor emeritus in 2005, and a Distinguished Alumnus in 2009.  He and his wife, Donna, have created the Charles D. Cashdollar Endowed History Scholarship to support full-time students pursuing a degree in history.

Taking Care of Business

William Wagner ’75 graduated from IUP with a degree in business management and a concentration in accounting. He worked for KPMG and Fidelity Savings Association before joining Northwest Bancshares, an organization he led for nearly two decades.

In 2009, Wagner established the William J. Wagner Eberly College of Business Scholarship and has continued to designate funds to the endowment over the years—including a recent gift of $255,450. This scholarship is renewable each year for recipients who meet the eligibility requirements for financial need, full-time status, and a 3.0 GPA. 

Support for Public Service

Dorothy Palmer ’57 and Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt ’73 graduated in different eras but later became colleagues on IUP’s Political Science faculty.

Palmer earned a graduate degree, taught social studies, then served on the IUP faculty until her retirement in 1999. She is now a professor emerita. 

After completing her graduate studies, Hirt became a local government administrator—the first professionally educated woman to become a city manager in Pennsylvania and the first woman president of the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management. She joined the IUP faculty in 1992 and became a professor emerita in 2015. 

Both Palmer and Hirt are grateful for their undergraduate education, calling it critical to their success in their professional and academic careers. To recognize the significant role IUP has played in their lives, together they have created a scholarship for women who aspire to a career in public service.

The university community is grateful for the following gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more, made through the Foundation for IUP. The gifts described above are included.

Larry Sobotka ’63, $150,000 and an estate commitment of approximately $1 million through an irrevocable testamentary pledge to the Larry F. Sobotka Science Discovery and Outdoor Learning Center and the Larry F. Sobotka Scholarship. More about Sobotka is on page 33. [link needed]

Anonymous, $400,000 to establish the IUP Women’s Volleyball Alumni Scholarship

William Wagner ’75 and Amy Wagner, $255,450 to support the William J. Wagner Eberly College of Business Scholarship for students with a major in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

The Estate of Marie Legoullon Johnston ’54, $103,103 to support the Sutton Scholarship and women athletes

Terry Dunlap ’81 and Mary Jo Dunlap, $100,000 to support the Dunlap Family Endowment

Robert Doerr ’57, $100,000 to establish the Robert H. “Bob” Doerr Endowed Scholarship for incoming freshmen

Phyllis DeMark ’65, $50,000 to establish the DeMark Family Scholarship for incoming undergraduate students

Frederick Garbinski ’65, $35,000 to support the Fred Garbinski Family Scholarship for varsity athletes with a declared major in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

Dorothy Palmer ’57, $30,177.25, and Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt ’73, $7,000, to establish the Dorothy Palmer and Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt Women in Public Service Scholarship for full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree offered by the Department of Political Science.

Phillip Carrai ’83 and Angela Carrai, $30,000 to establish the Phil and Angela Carrai Family Scholarship for full-time students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

The Estate of Jack Reefer Jr. ’69, $30,000 to support the Daniel DiCicco Marching Band Endowment and the Jack H. and Dorothy A. Reefer Memorial Endowment for Football

Leonard A. and Mary Jane Schafer ’31 Foundation, $30,000 to support the Lively Arts and the Fund for the IUP Library

Charles Cashdollar ’65 and Donna Cashdollar, $25,000 to establish the Charles D. Cashdollar Endowed History Scholarship for full-time students pursuing a degree in history

Virginia Crider ’56, $25,000 to establish the Virginia Joanne Crider Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in family and consumer sciences education, vocational and technical education, and teacher education programs offered within the College of Education and Communications

Thomas Curtiss, $25,000 to establish the Curtiss Family Baseball Scholarship for members of the baseball team, with preference given to students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

William Grant ’75 and Mary Lou Grant, $25,000 to establish the William J. Grant Family Football Scholarship for members of the football team, with preference given to students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

Gerald Murray ’78, $25,000 to support the IUP baseball team

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 Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Daniel Powers ’70, $25,000 to establish the Dan “Sham” and Cathy Powers Baseball Scholarship

James Shea ’56 and Darlene Shea, $25,000 to establish the Jim and Darlene Shea Scholarship for Men’s Basketball and Football

Richard Ubinger ’81 and Lori Ubinger, $25,000 to establish the Rick Ubinger Family Accounting Scholarship for accounting students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology