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MSU alum gifts $2 million endowment for humanities

As part of Michigan State University’s Empower Extraordinary fundraising campaign, alumnus and retired businessman Henry Timnick has gifted $2 million to create the Timnick Chair in the Humanities in MSU’s College of Arts and Letters, in honor of his mother, Ottilie Schroeter Timnick. Professor Kyle Whyte has been named the inaugural Timnick Chair in the Humanities.

Oakland University to host GLBTQQI education conference

With a goal to create more supportive and inclusive educational environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (GLBTQQI) individuals, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Initiative of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services will host the fourth annual Michigan SOGI Education Conference on Friday. The conference is focused on meeting the needs of GLBTQQI students, staff, faculty and administrators.

LSSU business school earns global accreditation

The Lukenda School of Business at Lake Superior State University has been granted initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a leading accreditation association in business education. The programs accredited are LSSU’s Bachelor of Science programs for accounting, business administration-entrepreneurship, business administration-international business, business administration-management, business administration-marketing, and finance and economics.


Rutgers surpasses $1 billion fundraising goal

Rutgers University has successfully completed the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university’s history, surpassing the campaign’s $1 billion goal by almost 4 percent. The seven-and-a-half-year “Our Rutgers, Our Future” campaign — which formally ended Dec. 31, 2014 — raised $1,037,056,700. One highlight of the campaign is $102.2 million raised to establish 449 endowed undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

UCLA school of education receives its largest bequest

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies has received an estimated $10 million bequest from the estate of an alumnus and former teacher to establish two new scholarship programs. The bequest from the estate of Gordon Smith and his wife, Olga, is the largest in the school’s history.


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