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News from the Dean: November 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends,

We are grateful all year ‘round for the generosity of our alumni and friends. Just in case we don’t say it enough—thank you. Thank you for your contributions of time, of money, of expertise—without people like you, we wouldn’t have scholarships, alumni boards, networking opportunities for students … the list could go on and on.

The College of Arts and Architecture is fortunate to have donors with both the means and desire to establish endowed scholarships and professorships. You are helping us to recruit and retain the most talented students and faculty, and are integral to many of the college’s efforts.

One point we might not make enough is how every gift counts, no matter the size. It’s the act of giving—of showing your support of the College of Arts and Architecture, in whatever way you are able—that is important.

An example of an endowed award established thanks to the support of many individuals is the College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Scholarship, created in 1998 by members and friends of society. What started as two small scholarships has grown to seven $1,000 scholarships awarded annually. The Alumni Society is currently working toward increasing the endowment from approximately $200,000 to $350,000, in order to award seven $2,500 scholarships each year. The endowment has not grown because of a single large gift—we have had one-time gifts of $50 and monthly contributions of $10 through payroll deduction. Every gift counts, and this scholarship is proof. To contribute to the Alumni Society Scholarship fund, clickhere.

A perfect day to give is December 2—Giving Tuesday. Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been designated Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, established by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. On December 2, watch our social media for updates and information on philanthropy to Penn State.

Thank you, once again, for all you do. You are all part of the College of Arts and Architecture family, which is a special family indeed. Warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season spending time with the people you love.