Two $1-Million Gifts from Alumni Boost Programs in Mathematics, Science, and Business At IUP

Posted on 1/2/2018 5:14:34 PM

IUP has received two $1-million gifts in support of enhancing student experiences.

Alumni Terry Serafini and Bill Madia and Audrey DeLaquil Madia recently committed to separate gifts, and both commitments will create transformative change at IUP.

“Mr. Serafini’s philanthropy will work across the university, ensuring that our students receive a well-rounded experience,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “It enables students to explore mathematics in new ways. It enables them to complete their degrees with less debt, and encourages them to learn life lessons by being stewards of their own community.  A true legacy, this gift will make a positive difference for thousands of people for many years to come.”

Serafini’s commitment—the second million-dollar gift he has made to IUP—will fund scholarships for high-achieving business honors students, enable the university to provide summer mathematics learning opportunities for high school students, and establish a visiting mathematician program, which will bring to IUP a high-profile math expert to lecture and interact with students. His gift also provides a matching gift incentive to inspire current students to take responsibility for their own environment and invest in a new campus park.

“IUP has been most fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with Bill and Audrey Madia. They established a scholarship for budding scientists years ago, and their latest commitment demonstrates their belief that students at IUP find a nurturing environment and excellent preparation for careers in the sciences,” Driscoll said. “Their confidence in our ability to prepare future leading scientists is an inspiration to us, as much as it is humbling.”

IUP is in the midst of developing a new science complex that will provide a superior learning and research environment for existing and future programs. The university recently established new majors in Environmental Engineering and Public Health and is developing another program in Digital Science and Security. The Madias’ gift will support initiatives associated with IUP’s College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

“Our entire university is grateful for the level of support we have received from these outstanding alumni,” Driscoll said.

Serafini resides in Pittsburgh and Stuart, Florida. He graduated from IUP in 1961 with a mathematics degree. He is a former owner of Computerpeople, Inc. and cofounded the Pittsburgh-based technology solutions firm CompuCom, Inc.

The Madias reside in Montara, California. Bill Madia graduated from IUP with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry in 1969 and 1971. His scientific career has included executive positions with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Battelle. He currently serves as vice president and chairman of the Board of Overseers for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University. Audrey Madia ’70 is an accomplished interior designer.