Significant Gifts Support KCAC and Other Initiatives

A number of endowments, scholarship funds, and significant gifts were made to the university in recent months. They include those listed below.

  • A gift of $20,000 was received from Elizabeth and Todd Wallwork, Evansville, Ind., for the Elinor Gordon Blair Scholarship.
  • William Culp ’57, Indiana, Pa., a retired faculty member in IUP’s Counseling Department, established the Dr. William H. Culp Library Collection for Transpersonal Psychology with a commitment of $25,000.
  • Waleska Williard Bruce ’30, a Punxsutawney native now living in Pittsburgh, made a gift of $25,000 to name an office area on the first floor of the Fairman Centre in Punxsutawney in honor of her sister and brother. The office area will be named “The Hannah Caroline Williard, R.N., and Clark Williard, Jr., Office.”
  • Daniel Griffith ’70, M’72 and his wife, Diane, Parker, Tex., established the Daniel and Diane Griffith Geography and Mathematics Scholarship with a commitment of $50,400. This scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student with a dual Geography and Math major or major/minor combination. Griffith is a  recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award and of an honorary doctoral degree from IUP.
  • The women’s basketball team office to be located in the Athletic Administration Suite in the KCAC has been named the “Terry, Donna, and Sean Griffith Women’s Basketball Office” in recognition of a generous gift from Terry Griffith ’74, director, Student Co-op Store, and Donna McCrea Griffith ’74, M’77, assistant dean for Administration, School of Graduate Studies and Research. 
  • The men’s basketball team office to be located in the Athletic Administration Suite in the KCAC has been named the “Stephen J. Glass ’39 and Catherine R. Lentz Glass ’42 Men’s Basketball Office” in recognition of the generous gift of the couple, who live in Laguna Hills, Calif.
  • Friends, family, and colleagues of Gary Bird, a retired music faculty member at IUP, have made financial commitments in honor of his distinguished career to name the “Gary Bird Studio for Tuba and Euphonium” within Cogswell Hall and the Department of Music. 
  • First Commonwealth Bank, Indiana, Pa., has made a generous commitment to endow and support a Lecture Series to be called “The First Commonwealth Bank Endowed Lecture Series.”
  • The Grable Foundation made a gift of $5,000 to add to a previous gift from the Dominion Foundation to assist with the 2007 SHARE (Summer Honors Arts Residence Experience) program.
  • Bill Shane, Indiana, Pa., made a gift of $10,000 in support of the KCAC.