2011 Legacy Weekend: Philanthropy Award Dinner (Full Video)

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[no dialogue].
(male speaker). So we're going on
with the rest of the program here and in the spirit
of celebration and recognition, I would ask if Patti Stratton,
our executive officer, to present the foundation's awards.
But before Patti takes the microphone--I have an extra page
of notes as you can see-- I want to take a moment
to recognize Patti.
And for those of you who aren't aware, for the past nine years,
Patti has served as the foundations executive officer,
and in that time she has helped shaped the face
of the foundation and bring about change and progress
[unclear audio].
This June, Patti will retire from the position
as executive officer.
In order to help with the transition to a new executive
officer, Patti's agreed to stay on for a few additional months
to help in that process.
So on behalf of the board of directors and the foundation
staff, we want to thank Patti and wish her the very best
in her future endeavors.
[audience applause].
(Patti Stratton). Thank you Don.
At this time we would like to recognize some special people
who have supported the foundation and its work.
Founded in 1953, the Eastern Illinois University
Foundation has, since its inception, been dependent on
the generosity of its members and volunteers, to fulfill its
mission of support to the university.
Beginning in 1993, the foundation has formally
recognized and honored its volunteers and donors.
In 1997, these awards were renamed the
Burnham and Nancy Neal Philanthropy Awards
in appreciation of their leadership, support, and
dedication to Eastern Illinois University and the foundation.
The critical support and the sustaining financial commitments
provided by these distinguished philanthropists are essential
to the future of the university and the student it serves.
This year we are pleased to recognize the following
outstanding philanthropists.
Florence Coles Ballenger, an alumna of Eastern Illinois State
Teachers College with a two year diploma in 1925, went on to
become a distinguished educator in Chicago and Florida schools.
She retired in 1976 at the age of 70, after a dedicated career
in teaching.
She then volunteered daily to tutor English for students who
required assistance with their writing skills.
Florence and her husband William never had children.
The $1.2 million given to EIU for her portion of their estate
was used to name the Coles Ballenger Teachers Center
in the newly renovated Booth Library.
This quarter million dollar center is the home
for the juvenile and K-12 grey curriculum collection.
There is access to electronic databases related to education
and teaching.
The center also has seating for a number of visitors and is used
for forums and activities for area teachers
and education students.
The remaining $1 million of her estate gift is being used
to support faculty development activities linked to improvement
of teaching and learning.
Accepting the 2010 Outstanding Philanthropist Award on behalf
of the Florence Cole Ballenger Estate is Vice-President
for University Advancement, Bob Martin.
[audience applause].
(Bob Martin). Just like to say on behalf
of the Florence Coles Ballenger Estate, on behalf of Mrs. B,
I humbly accept this award and thank her for it.
Thank you.
[audience applause].
(Mrs. Stratton). Louise Boewe has a planned gift
that will establish the John and Louise Boewe Scholarship
for Eastern students who are graduates of Edwards County
High School.
Louise attended Eastern for two years in 1953 and 1954,
she was a tri sig.
She graduated from the University of Illinois with
a degree in elementary education, and then worked as
an executive assistant at Arthur Anderson.
Louise was not able to join us tonight so accepting the
2010 Outstanding Philanthropist Award on her behalf
is Vice-President for Student Affairs, Dan Nadler.
[audience applause].
(Dan Nadler). Thank you, I would also
would like to humbly accept the recognition for Louise,
unfortunately she couldn't be with us this evening.
But firsthand, I certainly know the number of phone calls
we received, the number of emails we received from our
students looking for scholarships, looking for ways
in which they can help pay for their education.
So, in addition to Louise and thanking her for her generosity,
I would also like to thank all of you for your generosity,
it makes a big difference.
Thanks so much.
[audience applause].
(Mrs. Stratton). Garry and Jan Ernst have planned
an estate gift for the support and enhancement of
the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences,
and for the Dr. Garry E. Ernst and Janet E. Ernst endowment,
providing scholarships for either first generation college
students or for students who plan to pursue a career
as school speech language hearing pathologists.
Garry and Jan met while at Eastern and both graduated
in 1963, Garry from chemistry, Jan from CDS.
Garry went on to graduate from the U of I
School of Veterinarian Medicine and spent most of his career
as sole proprietor of a veterinarian practice
in Panama City, Florida.
Jan went on to graduate with a masters in speech pathology
and spent her career as a teacher.
The Ernst's speak of how EIU was the foundation of why they both
have been so successful in their careers and in life.
It is a pleasure to present the 2010 Outstanding
Philanthropists Award to Garry and Jan Ernst.
[audience applause].
[no dialogue].
(Dr. Garry Ernst). Jan's timid so I have
to do the talking.
Thank you Patti, thank you foundation.
This is, there are many others in this room and around
the county, alumni of this university that are more
deserving of this award than we are.
But I feel if there's such a thing as peace in this world,
it will be through education.
And I know our funds--now what we're giving as well as in our
estates--it will be in good hands at the university,
thank you.
[audience applause].
(Mrs. Stratton). Herb and Jane Lasky
have established a fund to enhance the honors program
and have funded several endowments, two competitive
writing awards for the students in the History Department and
a competitive writing award for students in Biological Sciences.
They have established a planned gift for the
president's research fund to foster, stimulate,
and strengthen undergraduate research activities conducted
by faculty members with the primary goal of enhancing
the likelihood that their research will be competitive
for external funding.
In addition, the Lasky's continue to support
the fine arts, recently gifting a harpsichord
to the Music Department.
They established the Lasky seminar in early history
and are pursuing an initiative for campus beautification
and the renewable energy center.
Herb is dean emeritus of the Honors College and
professor emeritus of history and Jane is professor emeritus,
Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Humanities.
It is a pleasure to present the 2010 Outstanding
Philanthropists Award to Herb and Jane Lasky.
[audience applause].
[no dialogue].
(Herb Lasky). I promise to be brief.
Jane couldn't be here this evening,
she wasn't feeling well.
She sprained her right arm and couldn't do her hair
to her satisfaction.
I believe in telling the truth.
Jane and I both came from fiscally challenged families
and our lives were made much better by education.
My [unclear audio] degree from New York University and Jane's
from Eastern and the University of Illinois.
I'd like to say something serious here this evening
and I'd like you to think about it.
I think, I really think that too much is made over people like me
and some of you and those of us who are in a position
to give money to the university, much too much fuss.
Not enough attention paid to scholars, researchers,
and first grade teachers, and that should be the focus
of what we do, so the mere assertion of quality
is not enough.
We really got to step up to the plate and say we are going
to support these people.
We're going to help them in research, we're going to help
them in undergraduate research, we're going to help them with
scholarships, we are going to underwrite quality education,
and that is what makes us free.
My mother came from a terrible place in Europe.
They made me promise to never go back there which I have
no intention of going.
And my folks never went to high school, never went to
junior high school but they knew that a university education
was the passport to freedom and opportunity if you worked hard.
And so I think our real task is to encourage students
of talents, ability, irrespective of the background,
gender, religion, to do what they do well, to follow
their dreams, to help them, to encourage them and to tell them
it's a good thing to do.
We should also say the same to our faculty.
Alright, I've said my peace, thank you.
[audience applause].
[no dialogue].
(Mrs. Stratton). Through a planned gift,
Marilyn Miller has established the Bobby Miller Scholarship
in honor and memory of her late husband, Bobby G. Miller,
to support students majoring in business.
Bob graduated from Eastern Illinois University
with a bachelor's degree in business.
He served two years in a medical unit of the US Army and returned
to EIU earning a master's degree in 1956.
Bob worked for the Internal Revenue Service and worked
as a service manager for Waddell & Reed for 35 years.
Bob was a member of the EIU Foundation and the EIU
Alumni Association where he served as president
of the board for two terms.
It is my pleasure to present the 2010 Outstanding
Philanthropists Award to Mrs. Bobby G. Miller.
[audience applause].
[no dialogue].
[audience applause].
(Mrs. Stratton). Carol Richardson has established
a planned gift which will leave a unrestricted gift to be used
for the universities greatest needs as determined by
the president of the university.
Carol Marcella Richardson graduated from Eastern in 1973
with a BSC in education, one of five Marcella family members
to graduate from EIU.
The Marcella family has a pavement in remembrance
in the courtyard.
Carol went on to attend Miami of Ohio,
graduating in 1974 with an MSE.
She is very active in EIU activities in the Phoenix,
Scottsdale Region as host of receptions on behalf of Eastern
and has attended the annual alumni gatherings
in her area each winter.
Carol, who is a member of the EIU Foundation, cannot be
with us tonight but Tim Gover, professor emeritus and mayor
of the city of Mattoon is accepting the 2010 Outstanding
Philanthropists Award on her behalf.
[audience applause].
[no dialogue].
(Tim Gover). Thank you very much.
I'm honored to accept this award for Carol.
I've known Carol and her family, they've been very dear friends
of mine for nearly 50 years, and as Patti said, Carol lives
in Scottsdale and she wanted to be here this evening
but she had a prior commitment which she could not change.
And so she asked that I accept this award for her
and she wanted me to thank the EIU Foundation
board of directors for presenting her with this
very prestigious award.
She really has a soft spot in her heart for Eastern,
so on behalf of Carol I say, thank you very much.
[audience applause].
[no dialogue].
(Mrs. Stratton). Barbara Roberts has established
a planned gift for scholarship for children from farm families
who have financial needs and who graduated from high schools
in Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Clark, Cumberland, Shelby,
or Moultrie counties.
Barbara is a 1949 art education graduate and a retired counselor
at Long Beach school system.
She is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.
She was not able to attend tonight but Vice-President
Dan Nadler is accepting the 2010 Outstanding
Philanthropists Award on her behalf.
[audience applause].
(Dan Nadler). Thank you very much.
I am very honored to accept this award on behalf of Barbara.
Certainly education, that is what Eastern Illinois University
is all about, it's certainly one of the hallmarks of the
Eastern Illinois University experience.
But also we often refer to ourselves as big surrounded
by corn and beans and so what an appropriate gift for someone
who made their life, their career in education,
to give back to those hard working children of our farmers.
Certainly, we hear a lot around here about whether we're getting
enough rain, too much rain, is it too dry, is it too hot,
is it too cold, but we often forget about how hard those
families work, and the dedication and the sacrifices
they make for their families, for their education and for us.
So this is a very appropriate, generous gift
and I'm very honored to receive it on her behalf, thank you.
[audience applause].
(Donald Gher). Thanks Patti.
And on a personal note Marilyn Miller, we moved away
from Illinois in 1982, and when I lived in Springfield
one of the great joys of my life was every Monday morning
in [unclear audio] club at 6 AM seeing Bobby G. Miller's
smiling face over some breakfast.
The next person doesn't need an introduction.
Every time I see him, I'm reminded of my own firm
in Seattle.
For those of you that know the NBA, I've got a guy named
[unclear audio] working for us at 6'10".
My other partner, Kevin Fitzwilson was captain of
Santa Clara's team at 6'8" and Steve Nash was on the team
and another partner is 6'4".
So if I can ever recruit Bill Perry to come on, I can play
point guard and I think we can win a few ball games.
With that as an introduction, Dr. Perry.
[audience applause].
(Dr. William Perry). Thank you very much Don,
what I have in height, I make up for in slowness.
(Dr. Perry). So good evening everyone
and thank you for being here tonight on this very special
event, at this very special time of year
so we can acknowledge your spirit of generosity
and your commitment to Eastern Illinois University.
You've expressed that commitment through our EIU Foundation
and I want to thank the EIU Foundation leadership,
I especially want to express my appreciation to Don Gher
for his leadership as president and Patti Stratton for many
years of strong leadership for the foundation.
So thanks indeed, thank you.
[audience applause].
(Dr. Perry). I'd like to recognize a few
guests here tonight, some who have already been recognized.
We couldn't do what we do without strong leadership
from our board of trustees.
We have an excellent board of trustees.
They're focused on what's good for the students and what's good
for Eastern Illinois University.
So I'll introduce again, Leo Welch and his wife Kay
who are at the head table, please give them
a round of applause.
[audience applause].
(Dr. Perry). Dr. Robert Webb and his wife
Lerdine at the table back here.
[audience applause].
Roger Kratochvil and his wife Mary right over here.
[audience applause].
Also, what we do at Eastern cannot be done without
a great team, a great administrative team,
a great faculty team and I did want to introduce my
vice-presidents who are here tonight.
Blair Lord, our Vice-President of Academic Affairs,
he's at another function down the hall, the graduate alumni,
distinguished alumni awards.
But I did want to introduce Dr. Dan Nadler as who you've already
seen tonight, our Vice-President for Student Affairs.
[audience applause].
Bob Martin, our Vice-President for University Advancement.
[audience applause].
And also, not able to be here tonight is Dr. Weber,
Bill Weber.
So this team is moving Eastern Illinois University
forward supporting our faculty and students in everything
that they do.
Well, with the apologies to Charles Dickens, I want to speak
tonight of three spirits of commitment.
This is not a scary story though.
First, is the spirit of commitment past.
The commitment of all those who are no longer with us,
who believed in EIU and its role as an institution
of opportunity for generations of students who believed
in this role as a normal school, and then a teachers college,
and then a state college, and then a university.
We honor the commitment of those who enabled the campus to spring
from this prairie soil.
It created a place of opportunity for generations
of sons and daughters of Illinois.
People who gave their professional lives
to create a university committed to excellence,
personal relationships, opportunity, and service.
The commitment of those who saw the value of scholarships
is making the difference in accessibility
to higher education.
The commitment of those who knew that an investment in education
was the best investment you can make in this society
and in this country...and everything it stands for.
Isaac Newton, a great physicist once said,
"If I have seen further it is because I have stood on
the shoulders of giants."
We, today, are able to invest in the future of EIU.
EIU, a maturing university, because we now stand
on the shoulders of countless individuals, giants,
every single one who deeply believed in our values
and in our mission.
That body of believers in EIU, that includes many,
who we remember and who we admire.
Second is the spirit of commitment present.
Now imagine--like the "Christmas Carol"--the spirit of commitment
present comes to you in a vision.
It's probably going to ask you for some money.
It's probably going to look like a university president,
or a vice-president for advancement.
Imagine if that spirit of commitment present says I want
to introduce you to a person, I want to introduce you
to EIU right now.
Gerald, will you come join me?
Now this has not been rehearsed and I've
terminally embarrassed Jerry.
And if you need to recruit someone fast and tall Don,
this is the guy right here.
Jerry and I are seniors, right?
(Jerry). Yup.
(Dr. Perry). We met as freshman,
very first Eastern Reads I was involved in, the book was?
(Jerry). A Hope in the Unseen.
(Dr. Perry). A Hope in the Unseen.
He remembers it in fours years.
A Hope in the Unseen.
And so I walk into this session and you know, I'm a math
professor so this liberal arts stuff is kind of a tricky thing
for me but, yeah.
I walk in there and I've got this group of students
and one of them is this kind of tall, shy freshman.
We strike up at conversation, we talked about the book.
And you never know when you meet someone as a freshman,
whether you're ever going to see them again, but Eastern's
the kind of school where you run onto each other because
it's still small.
It's that place where we believe in personal relationships.
And so I can see Jerry often times going to or from
calculus class, because he's a science major and my office
is in Old Main and so I'd see him from to time and I'd say,
well how's calculus going and sometimes the answer was...
(Jerry). Alright.
(Dr. Perry). Alright.
We'll leave it at that he says.
Then I remembered toward the end of his freshman year,
about this time of year--new life springing from the ground,
the flowers and the trees are budding out--he had a spring
in his step, a smile and a twinkle in his eye, and I said
"Jerry, what's going on?"
And he said "Guess what Dr. Perry, I'm going to get
to work in the lab this summer."
And as I recall one of your professors in biology was it?
(Jerry). Yeah, his name was Dr. Miners.
Alright, well Dr. Miners is my advisor and I came in his office
and I said that I was interested in research.
He said, well I've found some money so he said you want to
stay for the summer and I said yeah.
I started off doing research in bio and plant ecology
and moved on from there I guess, it was really nice.
[audience applause].
(Dr. Perry). So, thank you.
And so there I saw it in one moment the spirit of EIU.
Faculty member connection with a student and all of a sudden
horizons, like that and here his is tonight with one
of the research presentations here in chemistry, right?
Now, of course we didn't lose track, after that I would still
see him from time to time, you may have a scholarship too
but you also work.
You work at least in the Java Beanery where I would order
my double espresso from time to time and so I would keep seeing
Gerald, and just the other day we were talking about when you
walk across the stage you can stick around for some more
research and it will probably be December?
(Jerry). Yep, December I'll
be out of here.
(Dr. Perry). Be out of here.
(Dr. Perry). He didn't mean it like that.
Well, about that time the cheerful farewell
and the bittersweet parting will occur, but your future is great
because of what happened for you here at EIU.
And if you had a part in a scholarship that made this
possible, or this story which I see time and time again
possible, then you should feel really good about yourself
and really good about the future of science and the future
of this country.
Thank you Gerald, I'll let you sit down.
[audience applause].
(Dr. Perry). The spirit of commitment present
and you embody it, too.
You here tonight and many as we've seen who have not been
able to attend, embody that spirit of giving, that current
commitment to EIU and you've made gifts to Eastern that many
times honor those who have gone before us, the names of those,
the spirit of commitment past.
And you now have created the commitment of spirit present
and it runs deep, and because of that spirit we've been able
to launch the campaign for Eastern, the EI&U campaign.
It's a comprehensive campaign, the largest comprehensive
campaign in the history of Eastern Illinois University.
We call it the Expect Greatness Campaign because
of the combination of spirits of commitment past
and commitment present.
Your ploys to widen and deepen our relationships,
to build our volunteer base, and to raise $50 million in support
of Eastern Illinois University.
You, the U in EI&U are the key to our momentum and success.
You are the reason that we are able to step out and make this
bold proclamation that we expect greatness of ourselves,
greatness of each other, and greatness of our university.
And all of us together, students, faculty, staff, alumni
can generate the energy, the will to achieve that goal
and we are going to do that and it will carry us
into a bright future.
Third is the spirit of commitment future.
What we do today inspires the future.
The example we set now drives the future.
We, with what we do creates the shoulders upon which
the next generation will stand.
They will stand on our shoulders to envision a future
even brighter and bolder than we can imagine right now.
I thank you for your inspiration of giving, your giving inspires
others to give, it provides examples of how to support
the university.
It inspires our faculty, staff, and students to perform
at ever-higher levels.
The giving of the future is inspired by your giving today.
The three spirits of commitment together represents a continuity
of commitment at EIU that is a hallmark of the university.
It represents a spirit of generosity that each of you
hold dear to your heart.
Representing a spirit of generosity that is at the
very heart of a great university.
I want to thank you for remembering the past,
investing now in EIU's future, and providing a great example
for the future.
And one day people will look back from the standpoint
of history at the long EIU blue line of those who believed in
EIU and committed to invest in it's potential for greatness.
They will see all of you in this room in that line.
They will see all of those who you remember with your gifts
in that line, all of those who we honor tonight for
substantial philanthropy and going the extra mile
in philanthropy and many many more.
Thank you for your belief in EIU, all it has been,
all it is now, and it all it can be, thank you.
[audience applause].
Now it's my pleasure to introduce our video
for the campaign for Eastern.
Many people went into the production of this video and
we used this video in meeting with alumni around the country,
we used it at our campaign kick-off.
Some of you have seen it before but for some of you this will be
the first viewing.
I hope you enjoy it.
It really embodies the spirit of the campaign for Eastern,
EI&U Expect Greatness.
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(Dr. William Perry). When we talk about
expecting greatness at Eastern, what we are talking about is
expecting more of ourselves to stretch ourselves beyond
whatever we thought was possible.
I think about the students who walk these paths, the alums who
walk these paths, the dream that they had, the goals that
they developed, the relationships they formed.
It's all part of the fabric and the tapestry
of Eastern Illinois University.
And it gives me great comfort to know that, that's gone on
for over a hundred years and it's going to go on
for hundreds of years more.
When you look at the university and you think about how long
it's been here, and how long it's likely to be here,
that really evokes some strong emotions on the part
of the parents and students.
But the idea that this is a place to stay, that's here for
the long-run, is the important message that we have to convey
in this campaign, that the enduring relationships
are the one's that count and that gifts to the campaign
will foster those kind of relationships and continue them.
I have been so fortunate to have a variety of relationships here
at Eastern, first as a student, secondly as a member
of the Board of Trustees, and thirdly and most importantly,
as a parent who sent two daughters to attend
Eastern Illinois University.
It was very apparent that the professors that I had at Eastern
wanted me not only be successful in class, they were concerned
about my ability to be successful outside
of the classroom.
Our daughters decided that they were going to come to Eastern.
I knew in my heart that they had made the right choice because
I knew they were going to experience that same type of
relationship with the university and with the professors
in the university that would impact them not only
for the time that they spent on campus, but the impact
would last a lifetime.
Greatness to me is knowing that the things that you do
don't just impact yourself, they impact others, and it's bigger
than just you.
As a single mother of three, I have a lot of challenges,
and my professors have been extremely understanding
and supportive.
I had someone really step in and be a mentor for me and that was
my boss, Ken Baker, the Director of the Student Recreation Center
and he talked a lot about the options that I had and a lot
about the things that I wanted to pursue as far as
my professional goals.
It was because of Mr. Baker that I ended up pursuing my master's
in College of Student Affairs.
Out of my parents, grandparents, and siblings, I am the first
to earn a degree, and as of this December, I will be the first
to earn a master's, and hopefully I will be the first
to own a Juris Doctorate in a few years.
Expect greatness.
Gary and I both had scholarships when we were in college
and I thought, oh my gosh, that would be so awesome
to benefit another student the way we were.
It has reconnected me with Eastern, it has reconnected me
with the Jazz Studies Program.
I have gotten to see some of my friends from that time.
That was an unexpected pleasure, reconnecting with Eastern,
something that is very important to me, was very important
to my husband, and I'm glad to be back to be a part of that.
(Dr. Sam Fagaly). Well, Gary Gerdt was
a music student here, and I think it's important that
his legacy is remembered, and these students will hopefully
have the chance to do the same in the future.
And I know that they have great potential for success,
and they'll look back on their time at Eastern
as fondly as Gary would.
This scholarship has provided me with a little bit more stability
as far as providing money for a couple more classes.
It allows me not to work as much, it allows me to practice
more, and it provides me with time with my wife.
I think it's great that there are scholarship students and
that they made it possible for me to be a scholarship student
and work my way through college like they did.
And hopefully someday I will do the same thing.
Expect greatness.
Expect greatness.
Eastern Illinois University provides a wonderful
comprehensive study environment for our students, not just in
the classroom, but our students actually get to see business
in action on site, on location.
This past summer we went to Shanghai and Beijing.
For our students, it is critical to be exposed and to experience
firsthand, emerging markets such as China or India at this point
as they are the next big thing.
And for our students to go on trips that allow them to observe
executives in action, on site, is paramount to their education.
Greatness to me means to excel and to push the limits,
to challenge yourself to the point that you
can become great.
Greatness to me is defined as someone who excels in his or her
own field while still being a positive role model
to the community.
The workload that they provide me with has just made me feel
like I can get through anything and that I am well-prepared
for medical school.
Eastern has helped me work toward greatness by surrounding
me with great people and giving me all the tools necessary.
I would actually say that one of Eastern's best qualities
is the small student-to-teacher ratio.
You get to work with the teachers, you actually get
to know the teachers, and the teachers actually
get to know you.
Head Coach Bob Spoo and Defensive Coordinator
Roc Bellantoni have done a great job actually in helping me
become who I am.
Football definitely prepares you for life.
Things can change, it's never how you predict, and it teaches
you how to adjust and adapt.
It also teaches you how much stronger you are than you
actually think you are.
Being at Eastern, that experience has helped me
to learn that you don't just come out on the field
and become an all-star.
There's hours of practice and there's hours of lifting
and running behind that and behind the scenes.
That also carries on in life, that you don't just become
a successful doctor or lawyer.
You can pretty much achieve anything you want, it's just how
bad do you want it, how hard are you willing to work for it.
Expect greatness.
So this campaign is about expecting greatness,
yes, that's true.
But remember what our motto is.
It's EI&U.
It's Eastern Illinois University and you charting a course,
a future for this university and for the students we serve.
So I ask you as you consider your role in this campaign
to expect greatness of yourself, to stretch beyond your horizons,
to think about your horizons for giving and impact
at Eastern Illinois University.
Stretch yourself, expect greatness, and remember,
it's all about Eastern Illinois and you, EI&U.
[audience applause].
(Dr. Perry). Just one postscript,
Alain Marcelin is going to medical school
at the University of Miami.
I told him that he'd have to put up with warmer winters.
He did not seemed discouraged.
I'll hand the microphone back over now.
(Donald Gher). Dr. Perry, thank you
for your leadership and dedication to the students,
staff, and faculty at Eastern Illinois University.
We look forward to working with you as a solid partner
to advance the mission of the university.
I'm honored to serve this year as president
of Eastern Illinois University's Foundation Board of Directors.
It's a privilege to be associated with an institution
whose purpose is to educate and develop the intelligence,
character, and integrity of our future leaders.
We've kept a note of the superior achievements
of our alumni, who have achieved greatness at the university
ranging from nationally recognized educators,
to well-known entrepreneurs, to governors,
to Super Bowl champions.
Additionally, our award- winning faculty is instrumental
in advising, mentoring, and supporting the students.
But another critical human connection comes from our donors
who have the vision, compassion, and generosity to ensure
the stranger receives the gift of an education.
The critical resources are available for research
and programs or the academic facilities are adequately
equipped to support the learning experience.
Individuals and families the driving force behind charitable
giving in this county.
That same is certainly true for Eastern Illinois University.
We know that many people were hurt by the recent recession
and financial crisis.
Despite those problems, it was encouraging to see that
so many of you, as Herb Lasky said, stepped up to the plate
to support the university.
In November, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, released a study
on high net worth philanthropy.
The top responses on why individuals gave revolved around
how effective their gifts would be utilized and quit simply,
being moved by being able to make a difference
in an organization.
Those responses indicate that during these difficult financial
times, the community needs are ever more acute.
Donors are particularly concerned whether the
contributions were being used wisely and effectively.
In other words, are they giving to an institution
that is fulfilling its commitment.
I want to assure you that your gifts
to Eastern Illinois University Foundation are being
effectively utilized, make a difference to our students,
and the university and indeed we are fulfilling our
commitment to you.
The foundation's mission statement includes enhancing
the educational activities of EIU students and employees
by participating in and supporting academic
and artistic programming through scholarships and grants.
To that end, because of your generous support, we paid out
last year over $884,000 in scholarships and more than
$1.5 million in grants to the university.
We're confident that we will increase that support in 2011.
As we enter into the critical phase of the capital campaign,
we continue to rely on your financial support
and your ability to reach out to others.
Those of us who are closely associated with the university
already know about Eastern's ability to help its students
defy expectations.
Your dedication to Eastern Illinois University,
maybe because you to realize your dreams and goals
while attending Eastern.
Through our combined efforts we will continue the Eastern legacy
of excellence, which has been so important to generations
of students.
The campaign compels us to join, to imagine, to challenge,
to reach, to enrich, to serve, to build, to count,
and to expect greatness.
With your continued support, we will achieve greatness.
On behalf of the Foundation and the Board of Directors,
thank you for your dedication and commitment
to Eastern Illinois University.
In closing, let me say thank you again to our 2010 Outstanding
Philanthropist, foundation members, donors for your
continued work and gifts supporting this fine university.
Thank you as well to all of our students for participating
in this year's showcase of academic and artistic talent.
Thank you to Kristin Cann for her staff at Panther Catering,
for this wonderful meal.
Thank you to Colleen Peterlich and her staff
at Campus Scheduling for the wine and beverage service.
Although next year, I think that anybody who has to say the word
philanthropist should not be allowed to drink wine.
Especially if you say it more than once.
Thank to Freddy Hall, Union staff and students for setting
up the showcase, reception, and dinner.
Thank you to our photographer Bev Cruz who will publish photos
from tonight's dinner and weekend events
on the foundation's website.
And thank you to the board of the Event Planning Committee,
Dave Maurer, Tim Gover, and Christine Robertson.
And thanks to everyone for coming out tonight and making
this a wonderful evening.
We hope you enjoy the rest of the activities we have planned
for the weekend.
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