Overview: Quality and Quantity Are Hallmarks

  • Charitable gifts in support of IUP came in a variety of packages during 2013-14, illustrated by the following highlights listed in chronological order. Please be sure to view Who Gave to IUP to see a list of those who note their belief in the power of an IUP education by making private gifts, How You Designated Your Gifts to find out what areas of IUP benefit from private support, and Your Gifts at Work to see evidence of what private gifts accomplish.

    During the fall semester 2013, Daniel Griffith ’70, M’72 and his wife, Diane, committed $72,000 to replenish the scholarship fund they established several years ago. Their scholarship benefits students who pursue degrees in geography and mathematics.

    In honor and memory of his wife, Eileen Martin ’63, Warren K. Martin of Honey Brook, Pa., made a significant gift to create a scholarship fund for married student teachers.

    Members of the Class of 1973, Tim and Deb Cejka of Houston, Tex., and Latrobe, Pa., made a gift of $1.25 million--$1 million in support of a new science building and $250,000 in support of scholarships for students who pursue science-related majors—in January 2014.

    The following month, two members of the Class of 1974, Paul and Susan Miller of Germania, Pa., and Holland, Ohio, established the Northern Tier Scholarship, for science and business students who are from northern Pennsylvania counties, with a gift of $101,000.

    In March and April, university employees pulled together to raise $162,336 through the University Family Drive. The drive’s intent is to raise dollars and participation by faculty and staff—the latter of which makes a statement to external audiences that the IUP family believes in its work. A total of 738 faculty and staff members made gifts—47 percent of all employees, which smashed all previous records.

    Likewise, those who gave to IUP during the second annual online 24-hour donor challenge, called 15k in a Day, more than tripled the goal by giving $52,256 in support of IUP students and programs. Conducted via e-mail and social media venues, it attracted the attention of 230 donors who provided support for 95 different department or program funds. Their funds were matched by Ric Clark ’80, a graduate of Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, and Tim Rupert ’68, who serves as president of the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors.

    In conjunction with the opening of the university’s new Military Resource Center, Stephen Abel ’73 pledged a gift of $25,000 to an emergency fund for veteran students. Abel’s will has provisions to provide support to that fund upon his death.

    Students in Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and the Cook Honors College will benefit from the Andrew Sosnick Memorial Scholarship, established by Ken Sosnick ’03 in June.