March 20, 2013, volume 3, number 13
To the William Paterson University Community
We are pleased to announce more than $1 million in recent gifts to the University. In response to the fund-raising goals in the Strategic Plan, the Institutional Advancement division has focused on building the pipeline of prospective donors and engaged alumni, including a significant expansion in outreach and cultivation of relationships with donors. These gifts are the tangible result of those efforts and include both new support as well as renewal grants with increased commitments to the University for both scholarships and a variety of programs.
Peter Vosshall, vice president and distinguished engineer at Amazon.com, has donated $100,000 to the University Summer Jazz Workshop in memory of his father Gerhard W. Vosshall. The new gift will help fund scholarships to enable needy students to participate in the workshop. Gerhard Vosshall, who died suddenly in 2011, was a retired managing director at JP Morgan Chase Bank and a local resident who loved jazz and attended our Jazz Room Series concerts. We are grateful to Peter Vosshall for this generous gift in honor of his father.
A new gift of $442,000 from the estate of George Foote has established an endowed scholarship in memory of Foote’s late sister, alumna Evelyn Foote ’43, a former teacher in the Montclair Public Schools. The gift will be used to create the Evelyn Foote Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will award an annual, full-tuition scholarship to a student majoring in elementary education. By endowing a scholarship for an elementary education student, the Foote family is providing critical support for the preparation of student teachers who will make a lasting impact on the future of education in New Jersey.
The Geraldine Dodge Foundation is awarding the University two grants totaling $140,000. The first, a grant of $125,000, will support the expansion of the College of Education’s Professors in Residence (PIR) program. The funding (an increase of $50,000 over the 2012 award) will help the PIRs integrate multi-disciplinary courses in the sciences, mathematics, reading, and education in art classes at several Paterson high schools. In addition, a grant of $15,000 to the College of Arts and Communication will support the 2013 Summer Jazz Workshop. The grant will enable ten inner-city students to receive Dodge Scholarships, providing full tuition and all workshop costs, including interaction with the resident faculty’s teacher-performers and with the major jazz artists who serve as daily mentors in workshops and concerts. This marks the tenth year that the Dodge Foundation has supported the University’s Summer Jazz Program.
The Cigna Foundation has awarded a grant of nearly $42,000 to the University to support students enrolled in the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. The grant will provide funds for tuition, fees, and a teaching stipend for one year for two nursing students in the program, with preference given to those from underrepresented populations. The selected students will teach either undergraduate clinical or theory courses in the University’s bachelor of science in nursing program. This is the Cigna Foundation’s second award to the program, following a grant award of nearly $18,000 for the 2011-12 academic year. We are especially grateful to the Cigna Foundation for granting funds for teaching assistantships as well as tuition, which will help the University provide the necessary pedagogical skills for deserving students to deliver culturally sensitive, caring, and competent nursing care to diverse clients in a variety of clinical settings.
The Fred C. Rummel Foundation has awarded the University’s Honors College a scholarship grant of $25,000 to assist ten students who are academically superior but who have financial need. The scholarships are earmarked for high-achieving students from Essex or Union counties who are selected to participate in programs in the University's Honors College. These scholarships are crucial to providing access and opportunities that students need to thrive, especially students who are academically gifted yet from low-income families. The Fred C. Rummel Foundation has provided scholarship support to students in the University’s Honors College since academic year 1999-00. This is the foundation’s thirteenth award to the program.
Finally, we have received $70,000 from the Roche Foundation for the William Paterson University Roche Summer Research Program, an intense, lab-based summer science research program for Paterson high school students who are paired with University student and faculty mentors. This gift represents a $40,000 increase over last year’s grant. In addition, we have received $236,000 from Roche in gifts-in-kind of equipment for the biology, chemistry, and kinesiology departments.
We are tremendously thankful for these generous donations in support of the University, our students, and academic excellence. I would like to thank the faculty and the College deans, as well as Vice President Pam Ferguson and the Institutional Advancement team, who have worked in collaboration to seek these gifts. Their strong commitment to providing such support is critical as we strive to provide an outstanding and affordable education for our students.