Announcement of Recent Gifts to CASL

11/1/2018

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters has recently received several gifts to support scholarships and programs, furthering the college’s commitment to providing students with an outstanding educational experience.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters has recently received several gifts to support scholarships and programs, furthering the college’s commitment to providing students with an outstanding educational experience. The College is grateful for these expressions of generosity, and the following is a synopsis of recent gifts.

Professor Angela J. Allen Scholarship

Angela J. Allen was a long-time organic chemistry faculty member who passed away in 2017. Angela's family endowed a scholarship to support students with financial need who have passed organic chemistry and are involved in various student organizations on campus.  In addition, Chemistry faculty have generously pledged additional funds to support the endowment.

Gift from Angela's estate to the SOAR Program

Angela's family also presented a gift to SOAR during the program's 20th anniversary celebration on October 25. SOAR's mission is to increase access to post-secondary education for non-traditional adult learners with financial need. This gift will support SOAR’s Laptop/Technology Student Loaner Program.  

 

Nancy Lemkie Scholarship for SOAR Students

Funded with an anonymous gift to honor Nancy Lemkie, who was the driving force behind the establishment of the SOAR program. Student Ahqam Algalham is the inaugural recipient of the new scholarship, also presented on October 25 at SOAR’s 20th anniversary celebration.

 

CASL Legacy Lecture

An anonymous donor established this endowed fund with a gift so retiring CASL faculty members can present a lecture to share their views on higher education and their career and/or life experiences. Each lecture will be taped and put into a special archival space on the University of Michigan's Deep Blue site.

 

Fadwa Makki Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was funded with a gift by Prof. Al Turfe (lecturer II in mathematics) in memory of his niece. It will benefit UM-Dearborn students majoring in Journalism. 

 

Sargon Partners Undergraduate Research Showcase

The 8th annual event, held October 26, was underwritten by 1985 CASL alumnus Jeff Golota and Sargon Partners founder. This showcase gives CASL students the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their scholarly projects and receive campus-wide recognition for their research work. 

 

One of CASL's long-time donors, Alberta Abbott, passed away in September. Mrs. Abbott very generously left 100% of the proceeds of her estate to the University of Michigan (Dearborn and Ann Arbor).  We recently received the first gift from her estate which was distributed to several existing funds and will also establish the following new endowed funds at UM-Dearborn: 

George and Alberta Abbott Fund honoring NASA and Dr. Wernher von Braun 

To support technology and program enhancements for the GAM Lab. Named for Mrs. Abbott and her late husband, George, this gift honors the organization (NASA) that had a profound impact on their lives because this is where they met and worked for many years. The fund also honors Dr. Wernher von Braun, one of the most important rocket developers and champions of space exploration in the United States.

George A. Abbott Music Lecture Series in honor of Musician Harry James

To support a music lecture series that enhances student learning and exposure to leading musicians and musicologists preferably with a focus on jazz and/or the trumpet.  Mr. Abbott loved jazz, played the trumpet throughout his life, and was fond of musician Harry James.

Susan Zehra Memorial Scholarship

To support Integrative Studies (created from the former BGS and Liberal Studies programs) majors at UM-Dearborn.  Susan was Mrs. Abbott’s late niece. 

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