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Donor generosity impacts students, programs, facilities

Campaign For Love and Honor announces record total
More than 105,000 donors contribute $535.6 million

Campaign For Love and Honor surpasses goal
The Miami University campaign For Love and Honor exceeds its $500 million target

Campaign For Love and Honor Closes Books on Successful 2012
Miami University raised more than $39 million in new gifts and pledges in 2012

Campaign Updates & Recent Commitments
Campaign Heads into Final Push

$1 million gift for Miami Baseball
Hayden family offers lead gift for enhanced athletics facility

Estate gift supports education scholarship
Gift of more than $370,000 is from Velma M. Patterson '28.

Strong fundraising year for Miami University
During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, Miami University secured more than $39 million in campaign gifts.

Father and son honor mother's memory
$160,000 gift from Richard A. Gillis '60 and his son creates education scholarship.

Farmer School Alumna Makes $50,000 Gift to Business Analytics Program
Miami University alumna Patty Morrison has made a $50,000 gift supporting the continued growth and development of the Farmer School of Business’ Business Analytics Program.

Grant supports Michael J. Colligan History Project
$150,000 from Hamilton Community Foundation benefits Miami Hamilton and the Michael J. Colligan History Project.

Thomas gift creates Farmer School Chair
$1 million gift from 1948 alumnus creates endowed chair in Farmer School of Business. 

Frick adds to lifelong Miami commitment
$100,000 gift from Ray Frick '61 supports Miami Football and an athletic training scholarship.

Sullivan gifts to benefit Miami, Cleveland
Gifts of $890,000 will impact both Miami students and the Greater Cleveland community.

New grant helps launch Cleveland Urban Cohort
Cleveland Foundation's $140,000 creates unique learning experience for Miami students, faculty in urban neighborhood.

Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation makes second gift
A gift from the Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation will help the Farmer School of Business attract top students seeking careers in finance.

Van Andel gift establishes distinguished professorship
$300,000 gift creates faculty support within the Farmer School of Business.

Gift supports international study for more students
A $100,000 gift will enable more Farmer School of Business students to study abroad.

Ayers gift supports Spanish majors and men's basketball
A $100,000 gift from a Merger couple provides study abroad experiences and scholarship support.

Gift funds study abroad scholarships and facilities
A $1.5 million gift from '59 alumna provides financial support for students and names a conference room.

Harry T. Wilks' support of Miami surpasses $9 million
A local alumnus adds to his extensive Miami legacy. 

$5 Million Gift Creates Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership
A new gift creates an endowed chair for the Farmer School of Business. 

Manchester planned gift endows need-based and LGBT scholarships
1959 grad makes a $185,000 commitment to show his pride in the social progress Miami University has made.

Recent Graduate’s Generosity Creates Experience for Marching Band Member
When Dylan Digel’s first big movie shoot yielded a check for $94, the possibilities were endless for the soon-to-be college graduate.

Students kick off Armstrong Student Center groundbreaking
For years, Miami University's student body fueled the movement for a new student center. When ground was broken for the Armstrong Student Center on Oct. 6, 2011, that effort was at the heart of the celebration.

Ceremonial groundbreaking for Armstrong Student Center
A vision more than a decade in the making takes an important and symbolic step Thursday, Oct. 6, when ground is broken for Miami University's much-anticipated Armstrong Student Center.

Leadership Enrichment Access Fund established
A $105,000 gift from the Trio Foundation, thanks to Mary Ann Casati '77, has created created special student opportunities at Miami University.

Darrell West '76 names political science lecture fund
Darrell West '76, recently made a $100,000 commitment to create the Darrell West Lecture in American Politics Fund.

Gleason gift supports Miami women's athletics
A $250,000 commitment has created the Austin and Lois Hall Gleason Women's Athletic Scholarship, supporting Miami student-athletes. 

Gift names student activities suite in Armstrong Student Center
A $350,000 pledge from Sue Henry '73 and Carter Phillips has named the student activities suite within Miami University's new Armstrong Student Center.

Lohnes gift builds on longtime connection to Miami athletics
Miami University alumni Bill '72 and Paula Boron Lohnes '70 are making a $250,000 planned gift for a scholarship within the department of intercollegiate athletics.

Gift-in-kind bolsters art museum's collection
Larry Huston of Covington, Ky., a friend of Miami and the Miami University Art Museum, has agreed to a significant gift-in-kind to the art museum. His contribution, valued at $231,500, includes 59 pieces of artwork.

Cafaro Livingston Trust names lounge within Armstrong Student Center
At the direction of Debra Cafaro and Terry Livingston of Winnetka, Ill., a $150,000 gift has been directed from the Cafaro Livingston Trust to name The Pavilion Lounge within Miami University's Armstrong Student Center.

Ostbergs name three rooms within Armstrong Student Center
Roy and Barbara Ostberg, both 1962 Miami graduates, have chosen to honor their Miami connection with gifts naming two meeting rooms and a quiet study room within the Armstrong Student Center.

Gift to support students majoring in physics, mathematics and the sciences
Miami University alumnus Russell B. Starkey Jr. ('64) recently made a $150,000 gift, creating two scholarships that will support Miami students studying physics, mathematics or the physical or natural sciences.

KPMG renews partnership with Miami's Center of Business Excellence
KPMG, a global audit, tax and advisory leader, has renewed its partnership with Miami University's Center for Business Excellence (CBE), committing an additional $120,000 over the next three years to support curriculum development initiative grants for faculty.

Endowment creates rare book fund in librarian's honor
John H. White Jr., a 1958 Miami graduate and an adjunct faculty member in history and engineering, has chosen to honor one of his colleagues through the creation of an endowment supporting Miami University’s Special Collections Library.

Miami surpasses $400 million campaign milestone
Commitments to the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor have now exceeded $400 million, thanks to new gifts and pledges of $46.7 million in 2010 - more than twice the amount given in 2009. At the end of 2010, the overall campaign total was $403.2 million.

Moore bequest supports MUDEC, College of Arts and Science and Glee Club
Miami University alumnus Terrence T. Moore has committed to a bequest that honors some of his most significant experiences at Miami.

Art bequest benefits art museum and fine arts
A substantial planned gift of $1.8 million in artwork has added significantly to the Miami University Art Museum's collection while helping the School of Fine Arts meet its fundraising goal for the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor.

International experience inspires alumnus to give
A gift from a Miami alumnus who works in global finance will enable increasing numbers of business students to study abroad. Kevin Willsey (Finance '85) has pledged $200,000 to the Farmer School of Business.

Planned bequest to provide support to MUDEC
Carol Spomer ’71, who spent a transformative semester studying at the Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg, has chosen to honor that experience and share it with future generations through a sizeable planned bequest in support of the Center.

Schneider Electric gift provides international scholarships
The Farmer School of Business at Miami University announced this week the receipt of a $200,000 gift from Schneider Electric. The funds will be used to support the school’s study abroad program through the creation of a new Schneider Electric International Scholars Endowment Fund.

Gledhill gift supports study abroad scholarships
Miami University alumni Brent '91 and Katie (Hurst) '90 Gledhill have committed $100,000 to provide additional funds to Miami's Farmer School of Business' study abroad scholarship program.

$1 Million Gift Names The Bob '52 and Doris '52 Pulley Diner
Looking back, Bob Pulley ’52 still cannot help but feel a little awkward when he recounts the story of how he came to meet and eventually ask out his bride of now 58 years.

Walker Legacy Preserved Through Miami Football Scholarship
As a standout fullback who helped lead Miami University to three Top 15 national finishes in the mid-1970s and as the winningest head coach in the history of a program known for legendary coaching, there are few names more synonymous with Miami Football over the past 40 years than that of the late Randy Walker '76.

Collins gift supports social entrepreneurship
A new gift to Miami University's Farmer School of Business Center for Social Entrepreneurship is designed to boost the number of students participating in hands-on sustainability projects in developing countries.

$1 million gift will benefit future educators at Miami
A $1 million bequest from Faye Anderson Smith, a long-time educator and 1959 Miami University graduate, will provide scholarship support to future educators through Miami’s School of Education, Health and Society (EHS).

Siler bequest supports Miami Air Force ROTC detachment
Retired Air Force Colonel Stetson Siler, a 1975 Miami University graduate, and his wife Katherine recently added $500,000 to an existing bequest supporting Miami's Air Force ROTC detachment. The two supported funds now total $1 million and will serve to strengthen retention, recognize outstanding performance, and enhance detachment operations.

Casper Bequest to Make Education More Affordable to Future Miamians
Arthur B. (Brandy) Casper '62, a prominent Middletown, Ohio, attorney, is carrying on his family's philanthropic connection to Miami University by recently committing to a substantial bequest.

$15 million commitment names Student Center
A $15 million commitment from 1961 Miami graduates Mike and Anne Armstrong has provided the primary leadership gift for the university’s Armstrong Student Center.

$1.5 million gift from Shade Family Names Shade Family Room
A gift from the Shade Family Foundation has named the Shade Family Room within the forthcoming Student Center.

Holtz Honors Miami Connection through Charitable Gift Annuities
The Benefactor – Spring 2010
Mary Heston Holtz ’48 has traveled to Europe three times, sailed her own sailboat on the Great Lakes, driven her MGA sports car in rallies throughout New York state, and even retired to Florida once, but there is one piece of real estate she’s never gotten out of her heart.

Futures clearinghouse makes scholarship gift
A $100,000 gift to Miami University’s Farmer School of Business from the Clearing Corporation Foundation is designed to help the school attract top students who plan to prepare for a career in finance.

John D. and Catherine L. Millett Scholarship
Miami has received a commitment of $100,000 for the John D. and Catherine L. Millett Scholarship, from the grandchildren of John and Catherine Millett. The scholarship, created to honor Miami’s 16th president and his wife, is awarded by the Office of Financial Assistance on the basis of leadership and academic achievement.

Billingtons make second gift for social entrepreneurship
Miami University’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship has received a gift of $50,000 from Scot (English/Journalism '93) and Kelly Billington. This gift is the couple’s second in support of the center.

Jellinek family creates faculty chair
A Miami University alumnus who was very generous in life continues to inspire generosity after his death. Through a gift from his family, the spirit of Frank H. Jellinek Jr. (Miami ‘67) will support excellence in teaching and research at the Farmer School of Business.

Morrison gift helps students afford international study
Bob and Sue Morrison have made a $100,000 gift to support a goal of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business (FSB) that today’s undergraduates develop a comprehensive understanding of other cultures and business practices.

Faculty Members Honor Colleague With Scholarship
When James Lentini, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, snatched the microphone from John Weigand `77, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, at last spring’s departmental awards ceremony, the surprises were only beginning for Weigand.

Gift to support international study, student research, faculty development
A $250,000 gift from Nestlé USA will support several strategic educational priorities of Miami University.

Park gift will support Miami-Korean university exchanges
Elinora Bo Hyun Park, a Korean-American businesswoman, has made a gift of $500,000 to Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in support of international study.

Guiler’s Passion for Students Lives On
There is no more noble a life than one spent touching the future through the inspiration and education of young minds. Thus is the legacy of Dickinson “Dick” Guiler `49, whose genuine concern and passion for his students spanned a more-than 40-year career in education and left in its wake the countless lives he touched.

Keebler’s passion for Miami University Intercollegiate Athletics
Will and Mary Lee Keebler’s passion for Miami University Intercollegiate Athletics is apparent to those who regularly attend football, basketball, hockey games and other athletic events.

Harry T. and Donovan Black Scholarship
When Donovan Black entered Miami University as a freshman, he didn’t get much help. The first in his family to go to college, he couldn’t call on his parents to help him navigate the admission process – they knew less about it than he did. And as for funds to pay his tuition, Donovan did whatever he had to do.

They Built the Future
The Benefactor – Spring 2009
As Miami University celebrates 200 years of history, tradition, and achievement, it is impossible to fully appreciate the historic milestone without exploring the legacies left by those who helped sustain and shape the university’s mission.

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Endowments Growing
A special campaign initiative that allows Miami employees to create a permanent legacy continues to grow in popularity.

Holzbergers make gift in support of entrepreneurship programs
A new gift of $250,000 from two alumni entrepreneurs will support programs within the Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business.

MUDEC Scholarship Gains Momentum
A scholarship honoring the long-time service of Dr. Emile Haag to the Miami University Dolibois European Campus (MUDEC) continues to grow, thanks to support from loyal Miamians.

Planned Gift to Support Future Educators
Judy Marquis Rymer ’61 has lived a life shaped by educators.

Faculty Support Initiatives Gain Momentum
Miami University has enjoyed recent successes in its commitment to recruiting and retaining gifted teachers and scholars for its students.

Class Scholarship Fund Central to Alumni Weekend
Alumni Weekend is a time for alumni to reflect upon the formative impact the Miami experience had on their lives.

Trustees Approve Planning for New Student Center
Miami University’s Board of Trustees, on April 25, approved continued planning for a Bicentennial Student Center.

Klawon’s Generosity Opens Doors for Miami Students
While the path Lois Klawon `39 traveled through life was fraught with obstacles, the path she left behind for Miami University students is paved with opportunity and promise for a better tomorrow.