WMU News

January, February gifts to WMU reported to trustees

March 20, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- More than $1,477,000 in cash gifts was donated to Western Michigan University in January and February, according to a report presented to the WMU Board of Trustees at its March 20 meeting.

The amount includes $886,956 in current gifts and $590,050 in deferred gifts. This puts the total of current and deferred cash gifts to the University at $5,125,051 since the 1997-98 fiscal year began July 1.

Among the major donations reported for January and February were anonymous gifts to the WMU Foundation of $514,959, $365,338 and $12,000.

In addition, the Mead Corp. Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, pledged to donate $300,000 to enhance the Mead Corp. Endowed Scholarship. The gift, made to the Paper Technology Foundation at WMU, will be used to support scholarships for students in the University's paper-related programs.

The remaining major gifts reported benefited athletics and were given to the WMU Foundation.

Peggy Sorensen of Bradenton, Fla., gave $30,000 to the Hap Sorensen Endowment Fund for Men's Tennis. Sorensen, who received a master of arts degree from WMU in 1963, created the fund this past December with an initial $30,000 gift. The fund honors her late husband and will be used to support the men's tennis program.

Raymond (Hap) Sorensen, who died in 1987, played on the tennis team and received a bachelor of science degree from WMU in 1932. He returned to the University in 1950, serving as tennis coach and associate professor of physical education until retiring in 1973. A member of the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame, he directed the men's tennis team to 14 Mid-American Conference championships. The WMU varsity tennis courts are named in his honor.

Two corporate donors in Kalamazoo also contributed cash gifts to support the Bronco Alumni Football Center now under construction. Spartan Paperboard pledged $25,000 to the project while Allied Mechanical Services gave $15,000.

The football center is a 55,000-square-foot addition to Waldo Stadium that is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 1998 football season. This multi-story addition will include new locker rooms; facilities for training, strength and conditioning; an auditorium for meetings; and coaches' offices. To date, more than 90 percent of the $6.2 million sought for the project has been received or pledged.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron; jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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