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Milestone Generosity: Spring 2018

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Second Million

Readers may remember the story in the Spring 2011 edition of IUP Magazine that announced Terry Serafini’s first million-dollar gift to IUP. Back then, his commitment supported scholarships for mathematics and business majors and construction of the atrium space in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

A member of the Class of 1961, Serafini has made his second million-dollar gift, this time to fund scholarships for high-achieving business honors students, to make possible summer mathematics learning opportunities for high school students, and to establish a visiting mathematician program. The last program will bring to IUP a high-profile math expert to lecture and interact with students. Serafini’s gift also provides a matching gift incentive for current students to invest in a new campus park (see page 32).

Serafini graduated from IUP with a mathematics degree. He is a former owner of Computerpeople, Inc., and cofounder of Pittsburgh-based technology solutions firm CompuCom, Inc.

Supporting Future Educators

Veteran educators William Scheeren ’68 and his wife, Judy, have committed $1.4 million in support of programs that ensure literate and well-prepared members of society. A significant portion of their commitment funds the university’s Literacy Center, which will be renamed in their honor. The center provides a variety of programs to area school students while giving IUP education majors hands-on exposure to teaching techniques. The balance of the Scheerens’ gift will support the Labyrinth Center, geared to helping IUP students with autism spectrum disorders, as well as a scholarship the couple established for future teachers.

Bill Scheeren is well known to students and teachers in Westmoreland County as the retired chairman of the Hempfield Area School District’s library department. Judy Scheeren is a longtime technology professor at Westmoreland County Community College.

Setting Dreams in Motion

Learn more about what inspired Bill Madia ’69, M’71 and Audrey DeLaquil Madia ’70 to commit $1 million in support of science and math initiatives at IUP.

An Investment in Scientists and Mathematicians

Bonnie Harbison Anderson ’80 has blazed a trail in the field of genomic testing. A cofounder of Veracyte, which has developed an array of diagnostic tests, Anderson serves as the company’s CEO and board chairman. She studied medical technology at IUP. 

Anderson and her husband, Steve, have pledged $250,000 to a new building for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. IUP expects the facility will secure the future of math and science for generations of students who study the hard sciences as well as those who pursue degrees in science-related fields. It will also provide the IUP science community with innovative teaching and learning space.

The IUP community is also grateful for the generous support of the following donors:

  • Regina Dressel Stover ’75 and Dennis Stover ’76, $200,000 to establish the Dennis and Regina Stover Legacy Fund for students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • Reschini Foundation, $150,000 in support of cybersecurity initiatives
  • Beth Gregg, $100,000 in support of the Center for Family Business and scholarships for women studying business
  • Beaumont Foundation of America, $60,000 in support of the C. Edward Keller ’74 Scholarship for students in the Department of Criminology
  • John Kopchick ’72, M’75 and Char Labay Kopchick ’73, $50,000 to establish the John and Charlene Kopchick Fund in support of students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • David Scheffman, in excess of $49,000 to establish the Marimichael O’Halloran Skubel ’76 Memorial Scholarship for students studying economics and pre-law
  • George Aggen ’76, M’78 and Maria Aggen, $25,000 to establish the Aggen Family “RBI” Football Scholarship
  • Anonymous, $25,000 to support the Mathematics Enhancement Fund
  • John Cavanaugh ’67 and Barbara Cavanaugh, $25,000 in support of men’s basketball
  • Nancy Tenney Doverspike ’77, M’79 and Lynn Doverspike, $25,000 in support of men’s basketball
  • Bruno and Lena DeGol Family Foundation, $25,000 in support of football
  • Penelope Moyer Naylor ’77, $25,000 commitment to create the Naylor Military Scholarship in support of criminology or sociology students who are veterans or children of veterans
  • Mark Piwinsky and Dolores Brzycki, $25,000 to create the Piwinsky Family Endowed Graduate Scholarship
  • Patricia Brown Simkins ’55 and Ronald Simkins ’58, $25,000 to establish the Patricia Brown Simkins and Ronald Simkins Scholarship in support of students who seek degrees in education and hospitality management
  • Daniel Griffith ’70, M’72 and Diane Griffith, $25,000 to create the Richard and Mary Emma Swartz Summer Sports Camp Enhancement Fund
  • Jackie Weltner Wiley ’69, M’77 and Jim Wiley, $25,000 to create the Jim and Jackie Wiley Basketball Scholarship