Dec. 19, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- More than $844,000 in current and deferred cash gifts was donated to Western Michigan University during October and November, according to a report presented to the WMU Board of Trustees at its Dec. 19 meeting.
October cash gifts amounted to $375,863 while November cash gifts amounted to $468,509. This puts the total of current and deferred cash gifts to the University at $2,157,125 since the July 1 start of the fiscal year.
Major cash donations reported for October and November include $30,086 from an anonymous donor to establish the Kathy Beauregard Athletic Administration Internship. Beauregard, who received a master's degree from WMU in 1981, was named the University's athletic director this past September.
The two-year internship will provide hands-on experience and leadership opportunities for graduate students pursuing a career in athletic administration. It will be comprehensive and include all aspects of athletic administration. A national advisory committee will be established to oversee the internship and raise additional funds for the endowment.
Among the other gifts reported was a $20,000 donation from Sigma Phi Omega for the Food Marketing Program Operating Quasi Endowment Fund. The fund supports the maintenance and operation of the food marketing program. Sigma Phi Omega is a professional food marketing fraternity at WMU.
The Grain Processing Corp. of Muscatine, Iowa, contributed $15,000 to the Grain Processing Corp. Endowed Scholarship Fund. The allied paper and pulp mill supplier is one of the largest wet milling companies in the world and has been a longtime supporter of WMU's paper programs.
In addition, $10,000 was received from an anonymous donor to create the Leo C. Vander Beek Graduate Student Plant Biology Award. Vander Beek, professor emeritus of biology and biomedical sciences, died in 1996. He received a bachelor's degree from WMU in 1952 and returned to the University in 1956 as a faculty member. From 1968 until his retirement in 1988, he also was chairperson of the WMU Athletic Board.
Another $10,000 gift was received from Univentures Ltd. of Durham, N.C. It was donated to the Mike Gary Athletic Fund on behalf of Ahmed Bouchemaoui of Tunis, Tunisia, in support of the men's soccer program. Bouchemaoui, a partner in Univentures, attended WMU from 1983 to 1987. He was a member of the University's soccer club for three years and earned a letter in 1984.
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