WMU News

More than $1.3 million received in gifts

December 10, 1998

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- More than $1,360,000 in cash and non-cash gifts was received in October and November by the Western Michigan University Foundation, according to a report presented to the WMU Board of Trustees at its Dec. 11 meeting in Grand Rapids.

The WMU Foundation, which was established in 1976, receives gifts for a variety of University departments, programs and activities.

It reported receiving cash and non-cash gifts of $964,758 in October and $404,460 in November for a total of $1,369,218. This puts the total gifts received by the foundation at $3,732,260 since the 1998-99 fiscal year began July 1. The amount is $1,255,331 more than the total gifts received last year at this time.

Among the major gifts received was $619,703 of a planned $1.5 million anonymous donation to create the Bernardine M. Lacey Nursing Chair in WMU's College of Health and Human Services. The previously announced gift establishes a permanent endowed chair in the School of Nursing that is named in honor of Lacey, the school's founding director.

Also reported were a $20,000 anonymous donation for WMU's gift annuity program and two $10,000 donations in support of health care-related scholarships.

The estate of Alma S. Boughey gave $10,000 to establish the Alma S. Boughey Occupational Therapy Scholarship. Proceeds from the permanent endowment fund will go toward scholarships for full-time undergraduate students in the nationally recognized Department of Occupational Therapy. The scholarships will be awarded primarily based upon financial need.

Boughey of Marble Falls, Texas, died earlier this year. She received a bachelor of science degree with a concentration in occupational therapy from WMU in 1953. Her distinguished health care career included service as chief of occupational therapy for a veterans affairs hospital.

The other $10,000 gift was donated by Mary Ruth White to establish the Helen Elizabeth Gibbens Endowed Scholarship for the Physician Assistant Program. Scholarships generated from this endowment will support full-time students in WMU's highly regarded Department of Physician Assistant. They will be awarded primarily based on financial need.

White of Buchanan, Mich., made the donation in honor of her sister, Helen Gibbens, who died this year. Gibbens, an assistant professor emeritus, worked as a nurse and a nursing supervisor in WMU's health service for 35 years. She joined the University in 1946 after serving as an Army lieutenant and nurse in World War II.

Trustees also heard a report from the Paper Technology Foundation at WMU. The foundation received cash and non-cash gifts during October and November amounting to $52,576. This put the total gifts to the foundation thus far this fiscal year at $163,005.

The Paper Technology Foundation, established in 1958, is in the last two years of a $5.75 million capital campaign. The campaign began in July 1995 and will conclude in June 2000. So far, it has garnered more than $4 million in gifts and pledges.

The foundation supports and enhances the internationally known paper programs offered by WMU's Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering. It also helps recruit and financially assist young men and women who wish to pursue careers in the pulp and paper industry.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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