The first $1,000 in gifts on OHIO Giving Day to the Cutler Scholars Program General Scholarship Endowment will be matched 3:1 with a gift from Jack Ellis, Vice President for Advancement Emeritus at Ohio University. Jack has also pledged an additional $2,000 to be unlocked when the fund reaches 50 donors. In addition, gifts of any amount made to the endowment will be matched by Ohio University at 50 cents on the dollar through The OHIO Match.
“I join with my fellow Cutler Scholar co-founders, the late Dr. Konneker, and President Emeritus Ping, who have expressed their enormous satisfaction with the growth and maturity of the program, and of the superb quality of the scholars and of our Cutler Alumni. Now, we have the opportunity to further enrich scholar experiences with private support through the new Cutler Scholars Program General Scholarship Endowment.
Gifts made to this account today (and through June 30th) will be matched $.50 on the dollar by the University; what a wonderful endorsement and encouragement.
I ask you to join with me, now, by making your personal investment in this phenomenal program that has meant so much to us all. Thank you.” – Jack G. Ellis
Any gift made on OHIO Giving Day to the Ohio University Sustainability Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 with a matching gift from Rick Sabol.
Rick Sabol is a 1977 graduate from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at OHIO. Rick is passionate about sustainability and has spent the latter half of his career managing businesses consistent with his personal mission of providing innovative green solutions. As a passionate Bobcat who rarely misses a Homecoming, Rick saw the opportunity to support OHIO’s first-ever Giving Day on behalf of the Office of Sustainability as a way to connect two of his passions: His love for his Alma Mater and his steadfast belief in supporting sustainable initiatives.
In honor of John Newton Templeton, the first African American to graduate from Ohio University in 1828, a $500 gift from Karl Chen will unlock after the EBN Urban Scholarship Endowment reaches 28 donors on Giving Day.
An additional $1,000 challenge gift from Tim Brown will be unlocked after the endowment reaches $1,000 in total gifts on Giving Day.
“The Brown family has been a part of the Ohio University community since 1977. When I stepped foot on the OHIO campus for a visit in the fall of 1976, needless to say I felt home. I never dreamed I would be an Ohio University graduate but also my brother Ken, and sister Jewrett (Cookie) would also be graduates. The OHIO story continues as I meet my wife, Karmen – another graduate of the class of 1984. The Brown connection continues as my son Nathaniel Brown is a recent 2018 graduate. Join me and my family in helping the next generation of minority students through the Ebony Bobcat Network Scholarship Fund.” – Tim Brown
When the endowment reaches a total of 50 donors on Giving Day, an additional $1,000 challenge gift from Darlene Spencer will be unlocked.
“Originally, I had planned to go to Spelman College, an H.B.C.U. school in Atlanta, Georgia. However in the fall of my senior year a representative from OHIO made a recruitment visit to my high school. I decided to apply for admission as a friend of mine who currently attended OHIO spoke very highly of her college experience in Athens. Coincidently, my physical education and cheerleader mentor was a graduate of OHIO. I received early acceptance and entered as a freshmen in 1963. I had many life-changing experiences as well as making lifelong friends. Due to a break in my studies, I experienced the great cultural and educational awareness which took place on the campus during the sixties for African American students. These academic and cultural experiences gave me the foundation to establish a great career in education in New York City for over 45 years.
Your gift will continue to make sure funds are available to eligible underrepresented students who need the financial support to meet their college goals and graduate to achieve success in their career choices.” – Darlene Spencer
Finally, when the endowment reaches a total of $3,000 in gifts on Giving Day, an additional $1,000 challenge gift from Dr. Francine Childs will unlock.
Rev. Dr. Francine C. Childs is a Professor Emerita of African American Studies at Ohio University. She holds the distinction of becoming Ohio University’s first tenured African American professor in 1977. Dr. Childs later served as a delegate to Jesse Jackson’s 1984 campaign for U.S. president. Dr. Childs’ life is synonymous with educational excellence and social justice. A stalwart advocate for racial equality and diversity, Dr. Childs has continued to transform the lives of thousands of students well into her retirement. Please join Dr. Childs in supporting the Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholarship Endowment.
Paul and Sarah Schneider will kick off the Marching 110’s OHIO Giving Day campaign at 1:10 p.m. with a leading gift of $1,110!
“As alumni, our connections to our beloved Alma Mater run deep whether maintaining a dialog with members of the administration, attending events at our local NYC chapter, or simply making the pilgrimage for Homecoming every year. Our ties have been further enriched as our son completes his sophomore year on campus. The benefits of our time at OHIO never end, but rather continue to grow. As we considered ways to support during this first-ever OHIO Giving Day, earmarking funds to support the 110 was a natural fit. As a 110 member, there is no question how important the organization was to Paul’s time in Athens, and beyond. Like all 110 alumni, spotting the number 110 on a hotel room door, the gate at an airport, or the amount of your dinner check never fails to transport us back to memories of OHIO. For both of us, the Marching 110 is the sound of Ohio University, from cadences to performances – it never gets old and continues to energize us. HI-O!” – Paul and Sarah Schneider
A challenge gift of $2,500 from Jo and Mike Carpenter will unlock after the Marching 110 reaches a total of 110 donors across its three Giving Day funds: the Student Support Fund, Directorship Fund, and Equipment Fund. Jo and Mike (BMUS ’81, MM ’83) Carpenter met in the trombone section of the Marching 110 and have considered the band to be family ever since. Knowing the time, energy, and financial cost of being in the band, they are long-time advocates of providing band members and directors support whenever needed. Please join them in building a foundation that will uphold the traditions and quality of the Marching 110.
In addition, gifts made to the Student Support Fund and Equipment Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 each with two gifts from Dr. Travis B. Kidner ‘00.
“During my time at OHIO and even today, through miles of marching, and weeks of practicing and performing, the members and directors of the Marching 110 are a part of my family. From the Drumline and to fans in the stands, we all agree that the Marching 110 is the “Most Exciting Band in the Land” and is at the heart of OHIO.
Your gift at ANY level to either of these funds help provide vital support to sustaining and enhancing the experience of the students in Marching 110.” – Travis Kidner
$1,000 in support of the Ohio University Press Young Scholars First Book Fund from retired Director Gillian Berchowitz will unlock after the fund reaches $500 on Giving Day.
“Even the most distinguished authors started their careers with a first book. As former director of Ohio University Press, I was acutely aware of how important it is to take the risk on a new author and the considerable resource involved in making academic books accessible.
Please help us in our support of cutting edge scholarship by sponsoring the Young Authors First Book Fund. Your contribution will help establish a young scholar’s career and help level the playing field for authors on the African continent and in Appalachian counties. I hope you’ll consider being a named sponsor with a gift of $1,000 but all contributions will help Ohio UP in its commitment to African and Appalachian Studies publishing.” – Gillian Berchowitz
Once the Student Affairs Food Pantry Support Fund reaches 50 donors on Giving Day, a $1,000 gift from Ellen and J. Marcus Fultz ‘81 will unlock in support of the fund.
Marc and Ellen Fultz were surprised to learn that 29% of Ohio University students face some level of food insecurity on a regular basis:
“Once we were made aware, we wanted to help. We hope that others will join us in supporting this important initiative so that, instead of worrying about where they will get their next meal, students will be able to focus on the reasons that brought them to this great university!” – Marc and Ellen Fultz
A challenge gift of $2,500 in support of the Scripps College of Communication General Scholarship Endowment from David Mitchell will unlock when a total of 30 donors has been reached across the four Scripps College Giving Day funds: GRID Lab General Support Fund, Scripps College General Scholarship Endowment, Scripps College Multicultural Enhancement Fund, and the Scripps College Student Development Fund.
The College of Fine Arts Leadership Council has pledged a challenge gift for the Lift Student Support Endowment Fund. When the fund reaches 25 donors on OHIO Giving Day, a $5,000 challenge gift will unlock. When the fund reaches 50 donors on OHIO Giving Day, an additional $5,000 challenge gift will unlock. Finally, when the fund reaches 75 total Giving Day donors, an additional $10,000 challenge gift will unlock!
“As a long-time supporter of OHIO, as a technical professional, and as a volunteer for many causes, including the College of Fine Arts Leadership Council, I certainly feel like it’s an honor to give students a financial “lift” toward fulfilling their dreams in the arts.
Why do my husband, David ’78, and I personally invest in the College of Fine Arts? We are so impressed by the College’s and OHIO’s philosophy that the arts permeate our entire culture and every facet of our endeavors. Through the College’s cross-campus collaborations, students, faculty and staff bring the power of the arts to address persistent societal problems. We have seen this philosophy in action. The power of the arts to help our world inspires us to invest in OHIO’s talented student-artists, lifting their financial stress through scholarship support.
With 80% of students receiving financial aid, scholarship support is crucial to their ability to attend OHIO. The College of Fine Arts Leadership Council is offering a challenge to alumni and friends to show your support at ANY dollar amount to help our students have a transformational education.
We hope you’ll join us in “lifting” these students up by donating on Giving Day.” – Catherine A. Levy, Development Committee Co-Chair, College of Fine Arts Leadership Council
A $2,500 challenge gift from Dr. David Scholl ’81, Ohio University trustee, and Valerie Scholl, will unlock when the Community Engagement Fund reaches 25 donors.
“The College of Fine Arts Community Engagement Fund provides essential matching funds to grant-supported arts driven community initiatives by students and faculty. With projects that bring the power of the arts to serve the aging population, children with autism, the community of southeastern Ohio, future healthcare providers, and women suffering from addiction, College of Fine Arts students and faculty are making an impact and building a national model for arts partnerships in rural environments.” – Dr. David and Valerie Scholl
A $1,500 gift from Darlene Spencer will unlock after the Wimmer/Patterson Urban Dance Award reaches $500 on Giving Day. In 1968, Darlene Spencer ’69 returned to OHIO after a brief hiatus to discover that Dr. Shirley Wimmer, famed artist, choreographer, and professor had been hired to develop a “CLASS A” dance program. She developed a curriculum which prepared her students to use their strengths and creativity to the fullest. She treated her students as professional artists. This prepared Darlene to follow her dreams as an educator in New York City and had the opportunity to develop dance programs for the youth of Harlem. The support which this award provides to current under represented dance students assists them in providing funds to cover some of the financial costs associated with preparing for a career in the “Arts.”
Two gifts of up to $5,000 each from Bill and Barb Axline and Larry McHale will be used to match two dollars-per-dollar for gifts to the Schey Sales Centre on OHIO Giving Day.
In the mid-1990s, Bill and Larry were part of the founding group of alumni and friends who advocated for the creation of a professional sales program at Ohio University. They pioneered a vision for the Schey Sales Centre, which has become one of the top programs of its kind and a beacon of pride for our institution. By providing these matching gifts, this dynamic duo hopes to inspire a new generation of support for the Schey Sales Centre. Whether a recent graduate, first-time donor, or continued supporter of the Schey, the 2:1 match provides an incredible value for accelerating your impact. Please join the Axlines and McHale in supporting professional development and scholarship opportunities for students within the Schey Sales Centre.
A challenge gift of up to $10,000 from Bob and Ginny Patrella will be used to match dollar-per-dollar for gifts to the College of Business Emergency Scholarship fund.
Bob, BBA ’76, MBA ’76 has remained connected to his alma mater throughout his time as an alumnus, having served for many years on the College of Business Executive Advisory Board. Given their close relationship to our ongoing work, the Patrellas understand that students may face financial barriers when pursuing the completion of their OHIO degree. Please join Bob and Ginny Patrella in growing this important fund for supporting College of Business students.
Any gift made to the five Russ College of Engineering and Technology Giving Day funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 with a matching gift from Sharon Harmsworth. Sharon is a 1982 graduate from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at OHIO. She is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach and works with inner-city Chicago youth to increase their interest in STEM career fields. She is excited to give back to her alma mater by providing matching funds for the first ever OHIO Giving Day!
Any gift made to the five Russ College of Engineering and Technology Giving Day funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 with a matching gift from Thomas Ilas, BSIT ’65, MBA ’68. Tom is retired and lives in southern California where he volunteers at the Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. He stays engaged with the Russ College by visiting with our Robe Leadership Institute students each year. He enjoys the opportunity to meet and connect with some of our best and brightest students and is happy to give back to his alma mater on the first OHIO Giving Day!
Any gift made on OHIO Giving Day to the Dean Dennis Irwin Russ Vision Legacy Scholarship fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 with a matching gift from Abbee and Jake Sigal. Prior to their entrepreneurial success in tech, Jake (BSISE ’03, MSISE ’04) and Abbee (BSH, ’04) met in the Marching 110 while students at OHIO. They are passionate Bobcats in Detroit and are always on the lookout for fellow Bobcats in their travels. Dean Irwin leaves a legacy of excellence to the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and they are thrilled to support him through their gift to his legacy scholarship. They wish Dean Irwin the best in his retirement and ask you to make a small gift on Giving Day which they are matching to support future Bobcats.
All gifts made to the Russ College Engineers without Borders on Giving Day will be matched 1:1 up to $2,000 with generous gifts from Elizabeth Brown and Cynthia Calhoun.
Cynthia Calhoun is a 1988 electrical engineering graduate from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and currently works for NASA John H. Glenn Research Center as a deputy chief in the program and project assurance division. She is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach and currently serves on the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees. Cynthia is a strong supporter of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. She returns to campus often to work with female engineers and participates in diversity and inclusion panel discussions. Being a loyal Bobcat, she is excited to give back to her alma mater during the first ever OHIO Giving Day!
Beth Brown is a 1987 alumna from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, retired from the U.S. Air Force after a 25-year career and has launched her own small business. She and her husband Greg enjoy working and traveling around the world and feel that global engagement is very important. She is a passionate Bobcat who volunteers her time as a member of both the Civil Engineering Department and ORITE advisory boards. Beth saw the opportunity to support OHIO’s first-ever Giving Day as a way to connect two of her passions: Her love for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and her strong belief in students engaging globally to create for good.
All gifts made to the Engineering Ambassadors Program on Giving Day will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 with a gift from Blake Andrews.
Blake is a 2006 graduate of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology Civil Engineering program. While at OHIO, Blake was a member of the Engineering Ambassadors so he understands the value of the program. Since graduating he has hosted engineering ambassadors to see some of the great work he is doing as a forensics engineer in Chicago. Blake is passionate about OHIO and serves on the Ohio Alumni Association Board. He sees this as an opportunity to further give back to his alma mater by providing matching funds for the first ever OHIO Day of Giving!
Eli Flournoy and Hylie Voss have pledged a challenge gift of $10,000 in support of the Friends of the Sugar Bush Foundation Fund. $1,000 will unlock for every 10 donors of any amount to the fund, up to 100 donors.
Have you ever eaten Shagbark tortilla chips? Ever recycled at a Zero Waste Event? Or marveled at a John Sabraw painting made with pigment from cleaning polluted streams? Then you are already a partner in the sustainable economic development mission of the Sugar Bush Foundation. Each of these initiatives started as a collaboration between Ohio University and Appalachian Ohio community non-profits, funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation.
In 2005, OHIO faculty Mary Anne and Don Flournoy created the Sugar Bush Foundation to innovate a model for university-community collaboration in green and sustainable economic development. Since then, Sugar Bush has funded over $2-million in jointly-designed projects in the areas of renewable energy, zero waste, environmental protection & restoration, food security, and sustainable development. The Sugar Bush Foundation practices a model that looks for the assets in our community and region and builds upon those. We are thrilled to invite you, our OHIO community, to join us.
Dr. Thomas Walker is an accomplished scholar and writer, internationally renowned for his research on Nicaragua. But to the students who had the pleasure of studying under Professor Walker, he was also a passionate educator who exuded energy, warmth, and compassion. For more than 30 years Dr. Walker’s engaging personality motivated and inspired his students in the classroom. Together with his wife, Anne, they welcomed countless local and international students into their home and hearts, creating a home away from home in Athens, Ohio. Their hospitality, passion, and love for the community of students they taught and mentored throughout their collective careers is unparalleled. Beyond the classroom today, they are tireless supporters for families struggling with mental illness and advocates for social justice. In continuance of their passion and hospitality, a generous donor has agreed to match gifts on OHIO Giving Day up to $10,000 to the Thomas and Anne Walker Latin American Studies fund. Please join us in celebrating their legacy by supporting the Thomas and Anne Walker LAS fund created in their honor.
HTC alumnus John Susany, AB ’83 has generously agreed to match dollar-for-dollar the first $1,000 in gifts to the Honors Tutorial College General Scholarship Endowment. Please help us take full advantage of this by making your gift today and supporting HTC students.
A challenge gift of $5,000 from Pat and Jacque Gentile will be realized once The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education reaches a total of 100 donors across its OHIO Giving Day funds: The Patton College Endowment, The Patton College General Scholarship, The Patton College Emergency Fund, and The Patton College Building Maintenance Fund.
Pasquale (Pat) and Jacque Gentile graduated from Ohio University in 1972 with degrees in botany and education, respectively. Pat, in addition to working for Procter & Gamble for 40 years (as a finance, marketing/media content executive) served on the Madeira School Board for 20 years. Jacque taught third grade for 32 years, including 25 years in the Madeira City School District in Cincinnati. Their two daughters, Laura (Betsy) Henning and Sarah Kellett, graduated from The Patton College of Education in 1999 and 2000. The Gentile family believes in the transformative power of an Ohio University education. Please join them in being OHIO Proud and Patton Proud!
In addition, a challenge gift of $5,000 from Sky Cone will be realized once The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education reaches a total of 100 donors across its OHIO Giving Day funds: The Patton College Endowment, The Patton College General Scholarship, The Patton College Emergency Fund, and The Patton College Building Maintenance Fund.
Dr. Schuyler Eaton Cone earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1977. After a year teaching on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Southeast Montana, Dr. Cone returned to Athens, Ohio to pursue her master’s degree. She earned her Master of Science in Home Economics Education and Clothing and Textiles in 1986. Dr. Cone began teaching in 1989 and retired in 2014. Her grandmothers, Margaret Cone and Carol Eaton, inspired her to pursue academics. One of Dr. Cone’s favorite quotes is, “Be excellent to each other.” Please join Sky in being OHIO Proud and Patton Proud!
To maximize the impact of your gift to any featured fund on OHIO Giving Day, give early during the Power Hour from 3-4 p.m. EST! Gifts to any fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 with a Power Hour sponsored by Kelli Kotowski.