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Milestone Generosity: Summer 2020

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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. 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 Imagine Unlimited.

Honoring Their Father

Through the Quinn Keystone Legacy Trust, brothers Gerald “Jeep” Quinn Jr. ’91 and Brian Quinn ’96 established the Gerald Quinn Sr. Family Scholarship with a $150,000 pledge. An entrepreneur, Gerald Quinn Sr. stressed the importance of education and made sure his children attended college. The Quinn family has a rich legacy at IUP. Jeep and his wife, Jennifer Thomas Quinn ’94, and Brian and his wife, Rebecca Ruffner Quinn ’95, began dating as students. In addition, several family members are employed by IUP, three nieces and one daughter are current students, and another daughter will be a freshman in fall 2020. With their own children now entering college, the Quinn brothers realized how much the university and the town of Indiana have meant to them. They established this endowment to support education in a way that is meaningful and that honors the life of their father and his accomplishments. The scholarship assists incoming freshmen who are graduates of Greater Latrobe High School.

Enhancing Nursing and Allied Health

Mary Ann Dickey, of Dover, Pennsylvania, wife of the late Jim Dickey ’64, continues to assist IUP nursing students through significant annual scholarship and program support. Most recently, that included a $45,000 gift to the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department Enhancement Fund. Several years ago, the Dickeys purchased clinical kits for an entire class of nursing students.

Supporting Culinary Excellence

Linda Drummond Deabenderfer has been a member of the Punxsutawney Area College Trust and is now serving on the College of Health and Human Services Dean’s Advancement Council. She and her husband, David, made a $50,000 estate commitment to establish the Linda Drummond Deabenderfer Scholarship for students enrolled in the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. In 2009, the Deabenderfers supported Fairman Centre’s transformation in honor of Linda’s parents. Fairman Centre is situated in downtown Punxsutawney and houses the academy’s Baking and Pastry Arts program. 

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

  • David Baughman ’74 and Debra Marinelli Baughman ’74, a bequest of $400,000 to establish the Baughman Mathematical and Computer Science Enhancement Fund
  • Tim Cejka ’73 and Debra Phillips Cejka ’73, a gift of $350,000 in support of diversity and inclusion initiatives and a gift of $50,000 in support of the Emergency Response Fund
  • Punxsutawney Area College Trust, a gift of $200,000 in support of the Culinary Academy Enhancement Fund
  • Gerald “Jeep” Quinn Jr. ’91 and Brian Quinn ’96, a pledge of $150,000 to establish the Gerald Quinn Sr. Family Scholarship
  • William Lafranchi, a pledge of $100,000 to establish the William E. and Sylvia P. Martin Lafranchi Sutton Scholarship to support students pursuing a degree in nursing, a pledge of $25,000 to establish the William E. and Sylvia P. Martin Lafranchi Library Endowment to support the greatest needs of the IUP Libraries, and a pledge of $10,000 in support of the Dr. Tony Atwater and Dr. Beverly Roberts Atwater Presidential Scholars Fund to support freshman students enrolled at IUP
  • Blane Dessy ’73, a gift of $100,000 to support the Myth Collaborative in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Fairman Family Foundation, a gift of $100,000 to support the Culinary Academy Enhancement Fund
  • Addison Gibson Foundation, a gift of $100,000 to support the Addison Gibson Foundation Scholarship
  • Donald Green, a gift of $100,000 to support the Allenwood Enhancement Fund
  • The Hardy Family Trust, a gift of $100,000 to support the Culinary Academy Enhancement Fund in honor of Kristin Butterworth CA’02
  • Eugene O’Sullivan ’71 and Saundra O’Sullivan, a gift of $100,000 to support the Eugene and Saundra O’Sullivan Scholarship for students in Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • Beaumont Foundation of America, a gift of $60,000 to support the C. Edward Keller Scholarship for Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Judith Kralik Sterner ’69 and Stephen Sterner, a charitable gift annuity in excess of $59,000 to establish the Kralik Family Scholarship to support students in the Department of Human Development, Fashion, and Interior Design
  • William Daugherty, a gift of $53,000 to establish the William E. Daugherty Scholarship for Northpointe Campus
  • Allen Childs ’81 and Glenda Riley-Childs, a planned gift of $50,000 to establish the Allen Childs Business Scholarship to support students in Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • David Deabenderfer and Linda Drummond Deabenderfer, an estate commitment of $50,000 to establish the Linda Drummond Deabenderfer Scholarship for students in the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts
  • Linda Clemmer Hagey ’65, a gift of $50,000 in support of the Center for Family Business
  • Frank and Sharon Roberts, a gift of $50,000 to support the Culinary Academy Enhancement Fund
  • Mary Ann Dickey, a gift of $45,000 to support the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department Enhancement Fund
  • James Staples, a gift of $34,785 to support the Dr. James Staples Piano Scholarship
  • William Wagner ’69 and Diane Wynn Wagner ’69, a gift of $28,445 to support the William G. and Diane Wynn Wagner Scholarships for Trombone and Voice
  • Marilyn Silvey, a gift of $26,492 to establish in her husband’s memory the Bedford John “B. J.” Silvey Jr. (’62) Scholarship, which will support first-generation freshman students
  • Charles Baltzer ’53, a gift of $25,000 to support the Sutton Scholarship
  • The Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, a gift of $25,000 to establish the John and Delores Hillard Scholarship for Diversity in Fine Arts
  • James Conrad ’87 and Debbie Conrad, a pledge of $25,000 to support the James Victor and Debra Conrad Business Scholarship
  • Susan Snell Delaney ’64 and John Delaney, a gift of $25,000 to support the John J. Delaney and Susan S. Delaney Family Scholarship for an incoming freshman who is a resident of Indiana County or Westmoreland County
  • J. Thomas Frantz ’73, M’77, D’00, a pledge of $25,000 to support the Culinary Academy Enhancement Fund
  • John Laudeman ’71 and Dorothy Laudeman, a gift of $25,000 to establish the John R. and Dorothy J. Laudeman Sutton Scholarship, with a preference to support students in Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • William and Darla Mechling, a pledge of $25,000 to establish the William and Darla Mechling Family Sutton Scholarship, with a preference to support students in the College of Fine Arts
  • Ralph Morris ’69, a pledge of $25,000 to support the John E. (’66) and Ralph R. Morris Endowed Scholarship in Music
  • James Shea ’56 and Darlene Shea, a gift of $25,000 to establish the Jim and Darlene Shea Sutton Scholarship to support students who are members of the IUP golf team
  • Daniel Simoni ’94 and Michelle Costanza Simoni ’95, a pledge of $25,000 to establish the Mary Louise Costanza Business Scholarship/Wayne Norman Simoni Scholarship for an incoming freshman pursuing a degree offered by Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • Elizabeth LaTorre Travis ’65 and Jerry Hyde, a gift of $25,000 to establish the Elizabeth LaTorre Travis Research Fund