Friends and colleagues of Sue Haug surprised her with the establishment of an endowment in her honor at a reception on May 4. Haug, director of Penn State's School of Music since 2005, has stepped down from that post but will remain on the faculty.
Penn State alumni Arnold, 1957, and Bette, 1958, Hoffman have a history of making transformative gifts to the University. Along with student scholarships, endowed faculty positions, and support for a variety of University initiatives, the Hoffmans have recently gifted a significant number of works from their impressive collection of contemporary studio glass to the Palmer Museum of Art.
The Quell Foundation, as part of its mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health, has committed $12,500 in annual scholarship funding over the next five years by contributing $62,500 to Penn State.
In recognition of a $30 million gift from 1961 alumnus and television producer Donald P. Bellisario to Penn State, the Board of Trustees has named the College of Communications in his honor. The college will now be known as the "Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications."
The Penn State Smeal College of Business is collaborating with the Penn State Office of Gift Planning and the Gift Planning Advisory Council to present a family business symposium. The event is designed to offer University alumni and friends who are engaged in entrepreneurial ventures — or those who have assumed roles in family businesses — tools to navigate the complexities associated with those businesses.
Penn State Alumnus, Shane McGee, and his wife, Katelyn Powers, have provided the gift to create the Penn State Lehigh Valley McGee Scholarship, a scholarship in support of Penn State Lehigh Valley students.
The A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust has donated an additional $30,000 to a scholarship fund that will help students attain an education at Penn State DuBois. The fund, The Palumbo Scholarship at Penn State DuBois, was established in 2008 with a $25,000 gift from the Palumbo Charitable Trust. To date, the trust has gifted more than $300,000 to campus scholarship funds. In 2016-17 alone the fund provided scholarships for 22 individual students.
Robert Ricketts, senior lecturer in Penn State's Department of Kinesiology, has created the Robert D. Ricketts Student Leadership Award in the College of Health and Human Development, for undergraduate students in the department. The award recognizes exceptional student leadership, community engagement and service. Ricketts will retire in June after more than 40 years in the department.
Michael and Diane Katzaman, of Wernersville, have pledged an estate gift of approximately $1.7 million to be evenly divided between the Agriculture Fund, which supports Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and a micro-scholarship fund administered through the University's Office of Undergraduate Education.
John and Barbara Holder, 1965 alumni of Penn State’s College of Education, have made a $1.2 million estate commitment to be shared equally between the University Libraries and the College of Education. Half of the funds will endow an educational resources collection, and the other half will support an undergraduate scholarship for education majors.
Penn State alumni Brian and Terri Green said three reasons sparked their decision to establish the Robert and Florence Green Memorial Scholarship in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. First, they wanted others to have the same benefits they experience from a college education. Second, they believe investments in education aimed at reshaping global energy use will have cascading benefits for people worldwide. Lastly, they wanted to honor Brian Green’s blue-collar parents, for whom the scholarship is named.
Penn State has received a $1 million gift from the parents of a currently enrolled international student, to establish the “President’s Global Experience Fund” endowment. The purpose of the endowment will be to support the Global Penn State initiative to assist the University in providing students and faculty with universal experiences and perspectives and in solving universal problems through partnerships and initiatives that span the world.