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Donor Stories

Our donors influence the University by giving to their favorite areas of the University. Whether it’s creating a scholarship; giving to Lovejoy Library; sponsoring an Arts & Issues event; contributing to a School, College or department; or supporting their favorite Cougar Athletic team, donors provide additional and increasingly-needed resources. Here are just some of our donors’ stories:


“We are looking toward the future, and this building gives the SIUE Foundation a presence in the community that will enhance our fund-raising efforts. Birger Hall represents the culmination of the dreams and hard work of numerous volunteers, board members, donors and staff members.
Rita Hardy, former President of the SIUE Foundation Board on the opening of Birger Hall


“Mom enjoyed meeting and getting to know the students who received the William Delicate Chancellor’s Scholarship she created to honor Dad’s memory. We are looking forward to getting to know the future recipients of this scholarship and the one we created in memory of our Mother.”
Ann Delicate Wagner on the creation of the Helen Delicate Chancellor’s Scholarship Endowment

“I wanted to assure that the garden would remain beautiful and that the grounds around Birger Hall would complement the beauty of the campus. So, we donated the flowers that have been planted, including those beautiful ‘Knockout’ roses directly in front of the building.”
Chuck Tosovsky, SIUE Foundation Board member and owner of Home Nursery

“The St. Clair County Teacher’s Scholarship I received when I graduated from Dupo Community High School encouraged me to pursue the completion of my teaching degree and obtain my Masters at SIUE. I wanted to honor the memory of my husband and to return the support by assisting others who perform well academically.”
Dorothy J. Edwards Metz on the establishment of the Arthur Frank and Dorothy J. Edwards Metz Scholarship

“Dad provided opportunities and resources to help students maximize their talents. The scholarship fund is a way for our family to extend his legacy at SIUE and honor his life’s work by helping future generations of music students pursue their educations.”
Teresa Tarwater on the scholarship fund her family created in memory of her Father, Dr. William Tarwater

“We were blessed to have benefited from Dr. Van Camp’s knowledge, mentoring and friendship, and now others can benefit from this music scholarship in his name. His entire life was dedicated to students.”
Judy Woodruff on the creation of the Leonard Van Camp Memorial Scholarship

“Our son, John Pohlman, received his MFA from SIUE where the guidance he received from Emeritus Professor Dan Anderson and faculty enabled him to become a fine ceramic artist. After John’s untimely death from cancer, we established a memorial ceramics scholarship in his name. We have first-hand knowledge of how difficult it is for aspiring young artists to be able to follow their dreams. We are gratified to know that not only are we helping earnest students, but we are also perpetuating the inspiration of John’s work.”
Jane and William Pohlman

“He was always interested in the students. He held them in high regard, always optimistic that the new generation of mechanical engineers would further improve the profession. I think he would appreciate that we established this scholarship to help students.”
Elizabeth Anderson on the Thomas Anderson Memorial Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

“I have always wanted to do something for the Physics students who have made it all worthwhile for me. Considering my life at the University here, it is important.”
Emeritus Professor P. Narayana Swamy on the creation of the P. Narayana and Vijaya Swamy Undergraduate Research/Teaching Assistant Fund for Physics.

“She always credited the SIUE program for helping her to develop the considerable teaching skills she possessed. She loved the classes that she took at SIUE and learned much from that preparation. Teaching preschool children became one of the highest joys of her life. It only seems natural that our family would give something back to SIUE.”
Dr. Carl Brown on the Eileen E. Brown Scholarship

“Barbara loved books. She loved reading, libraries and students. She devoted many enjoyable years to the Friends of Lovejoy Library.”
George Stevens on the George and Barbara Stevens Endowment honoring Barbara’s memory and the Friends of Lovejoy Library

“We want to support the goal of increasing hands-on teaching capacity. We like to think of ourselves as a neighbor to the SIU School of Dental Medicine, and we want to help build a strong community together.”
Kent Fletcher, President and COO of GC America

“I feel fortunate to have had a career in Illinois and most importantly at SIUE. My career was so complete. It included teaching, new course and program development, academic administration, grants and research, and service. I always had the support I needed to work on and accomplish these initiatives. I’m proud to be able to return that support to students.”
Professor Emerita Susan W. Nall

“I’m a member of the baby-boom generation. It’s really our responsibility to give back to the institutions that helped make us successful. The School of Business Dean’s 1000 Club is a great way to do that.”
Walt Knepper, ‘69, Chair, School of Business Advisory Board

“As a part of our mission, Delta Dental of Illinois is committed to improving oral health in the communities we serve. Education and access to care play key roles in improving oral health. We are proud to support the SIU School of Dental Medicine and its good work by doing what we can to help provide better education to its students and improved care to its patients.”
Dr. Robert E. Dennison, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois
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