Ouwehands create classical music endowment at Center for the Performing Arts

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ferguson Township couple Pieter and Lida Ouwehand, longtime supporters of the arts in central Pennsylvania, have established the Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

The future pledged endowment, designated toward classical music programming and activities at the Center for the Performing Arts, is part of a larger gift that also supports the creation of scholarships in Penn State’s colleges of Arts and Architecture, Engineering and the Liberal Arts.

“We hope that this gift will help in providing enjoyment for the performing arts for future students, as well as members of the community,” Pieter Ouwehand said.

The Ouwehands have been involved with the arts in Centre County since they moved to State College in 1994. They are Encore Circle-level members of the Center for the Performing Arts, and Pieter serves on the center’s Community Advisory Council and the Music at Penn’s Woods Advisory Council. 

“I am thrilled that Pieter and Lida have chosen to include the Center for the Performing Arts so significantly in their endowment plans,” said George Trudeau, director of the Center for the Performing Arts. “They have helped ensure that the programs they love and support at the center will continue as part of their legacy at Penn State.”

Before retiring in 1993, Pieter Ouwehand was a chemical engineer with Merck & Co., Inc., in Rahway, N.J. His work with Merck took him to several countries in Europe, plus Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The Ouwehands are involved in Global Connections, a Penn State-affiliated community organization that brings together people of diverse cultural backgrounds through programs, speakers, dinners and other events.

They regularly attend performances at the Center for the Performing Arts, Music at Penn’s Woods and School of Music.

Pieter Ouwehand also volunteers with Special Olympics, the Nittany Valley Symphony and Meals-on-Wheels.

The Ouwehands’ gift will help the College of Arts and Architecture to reach its goals in For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. The campaign is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University’s tradition of quality. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

Learn more about the Center for the Performing Arts at http://cpa.psu.edu.

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Last Updated September 24, 2013