Monday, April 10, 2006

Engineering Development Trivia!!!

Trivia Question #1: How many scholarships do you think are awarded annually to engineering students at MSU? What is the average amount that is awarded?


Thanks to the charitable support of many alumni and friends, MSU’s College of Engineering provided nearly 300 scholarships to undergraduate students during this 2005/2006 academic year in amounts ranging between $500 and $2,500. In all, more than $518,000 was distributed to engineering students in the form of scholarship support.

Despite this success, Engineering Development recognizes that there remains unmet student need for scholarship support. For this reason, Engineering Development is committed to raising funds so that more scholarships will be available to meet the financial needs of students who pursue an engineering education at MSU. Without question, scholarships are always one of the top funding priorities of the College. The good news is that scholarships also happen to be among the most attractive and satisfying gifts a donor can give.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Did you know? - College of Engineering Breaks Ground on New Automotive Facility

LEFT TO RIGHT: Roy H. and Dawn I. Link, and Richard Brown (individual donors); Vance Zanardelli, Ford Motor Company; Eann Patterson, chairperson, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Satish Upda, action dean, College of Engineering; MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon; MSU Trustee Dolores Cook; Jeri Ojeda, General Motors Coporation; MSU Provost Kim Wilcox.

Have you recently driven in the vicinity of Hagadorn and Mt. Hope Roads and wondered what MSU was building on the southeast end of campus? On November 18, 2005, the College of Engineering broke ground on the Energy & Automotive Research Laboratories, a new $10 million facility spanning 29,000 square-feet. Connected via a walkway to the existing Engineering Research Complex (located at Service Road and Bogue Street), the new facility will more than double the current automotive and energy research space. This state-of-the-art complex will house two engine test cells, a cold start room, a powertrain research laboratory, energy labs, and a conference center in addition to faculty and graduate student offices.

The research conducted at EARL will focus on improvements in engine efficiency and vehicle emissions while identifying and seeking energy source alternatives. In addition to advancing research in fuel efficiency, this facility will also attract automotive researchers as well as graduate students. Once completed, MSU will be one of only a few such institutions with research laboratories like EARL in the country.

The creation of this facility, a priority of the College of Engineering for several years, would not have been possible without charitable support. In fact, nearly half of the financial support for this facility has come from donors, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Consumers Energy. In addition to this corporate support, several alumni also gave generously to the cause. The College is extremely grateful to Richard Brown (BSME,1971), Roy (BSME, 1967) & Dawn Link, and Jack (BSME,1954, MBA 1971) & Dottie Withrow for their generous support.

The building will officially be dedicated in Summer 2007.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

First Senior Class Winner

The winner of a $20 Best Buy gift certificate in the first senior class drawing is Marie Piasecki. A December 2005 ECE graduate, Marie recently made a contribution to the College of Engineering via the Senior Class Challenge. For Marie, the decision to give back was relatively easy. “I had the opportunity to use great equipment in the engineering labs,” she said. “Being exposed to this equipment as a student made the transition to my first job at General Motors so much easier. By giving back, I wanted to make sure that future students have the same opportunities I did.”

It is true that for most students, financial resources are limited. Even so, it’s not too early to establish a habit of charitable giving. Whether your charitable dollars support MSU’s College of Engineering, your church, or an organization that is especially important to you, your participation is a tangible way for you to demonstrate what matters most to you.

So take baby steps to establish a habit of giving. It’s okay to start small. As you think about what you can afford to do, consider giving up one latte or one pizza per week and instead donating that money to a charitable cause that is important to you. With this in mind, why not direct your contribution to support engineering students who follow in your footsteps? All gifts, regardless of amount, make a difference!

Engineering seniors, if you are reading this, you are now eligible for the next senior class drawing! To learn how to register for the drawing, or for more information about the Senior Class Challenge, click here. Thank you for your interest in learning about the impact of charitable giving on your education!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Alumnus and spouse celebrate a lifetime of giving to MSU Engineering

Left: Chuck and Mary Kay Brady with Acting Dean Satish Udpa

You might be surprised to learn that Chuck Brady, a 1948 mechanical engineering graduate, made his first gift 50 years ago! His first gift, in the amount of $10, was received in 1956.

Two weeks ago, Acting Dean Satish Udpa had the privilege of visiting Chuck and his wife Mary Kay in Naples, Florida and presenting them with a memento commemorating their membership in the John A. Hannah Society. The Hannah Society, one of MSU’s most distinctive donor societies, recognizes the generosity of individuals who have given or pledged $50,000-99,999 to MSU and its many programs over the course of their lifetimes.

Chuck and Mary Kay Brady are in good company, as there are literally hundreds of engineering alumni and friends who are members of a MSU donor recognition society. These individuals have chosen to contribute to MSU and the College of Engineering to ensure that you and your peers receive the best education possible. To learn more about MSU’s donor societies, click here.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Gift Spotlight: Endowment Established to Support Women in Engineering

In an effort to promote initiatives that benefit women in engineering and to encourage female students to pursue engineering degrees, six alumni contributed a total of $60,000 to create the Women in Engineering Excellence Fund: Jennifer Charters (BSCSE 1994); Kathleen Gravino (BSME 1981); Jill Katic (BSME 1995 and BA German 1995); Kristin Ramey (BSME 1997); Betty Shanahan (BSEE 1978); and Karolyn Tiefenbach (MBA 1996). This endowment will provide funding for programs and activities to promote women in engineering - including the activities of the Society of Women Engineers - and for scholarship support for individuals pursuing an engineering degree at MSU. The fund may also be used to support pre-collegiate programs and other K-12 activities that motivate women students to consider engineering as a profession.

Friday, February 10, 2006

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Did you know? - Cuts in state support affect all students

Did you know that all students - not just those with a "resident" status - are affected by cuts in state support?

Here's how: state funding and tuition are used to balance the College's operating expenses. When you see cuts in state funding, tuition - both in-state and out-of-state - must compensate. Unfortunately, the trend of declining state support will not end anytime soon, which means tuition will continue its upward trajectory.

This is one reason why donations from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations are so important. With increased charitable support, MSU can reduce: 1) its dependence on state support and 2) tuition "sticker shock" for all students.

Motivated student becomes dedicated alumnus

(Photo, left: Jeff in Car #100 at the International Formula SAE Competition in 1997)

Anyone who knows Jeff Schmitz would agree that he bleeds green. A 1997 mechanical engineering graduate, he was a dynamic student. Nine years later, Jeff is an energetic and successful alumnus who recognizes the importance of giving back – both as a volunteer and a donor - to his alma mater.

As a student, Jeff immersed himself in various activities and organizations on campus. Among his many accomplishments, he served as project manager for the 1997 MSU Formula SAE Team. Under his leadership, the MSU team received the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, the Spirit of Excellence Award, and placed tenth overall at the international Formula SAE competition.

(Photo, right: Jeff with his daughter, Claudia)

As an alumnus, Jeff continues to stay closely connected to the College of Engineering. He has been a mentor and steward for the MSU Formula SAE Team since 1998. In this role, he fosters relationships with current and past team members through career development, recruitment, mentoring, and financial and personal time contributions. During his tenure as a Vehicle Development Engineer at DaimlerChrysler, Jeff was the team leader for the DaimlerChrysler College Relations Team, where he coordinated recruiting and diversity activities, and rallied support for the DaimlerChrysler In-House campaign. In the latter role, he encouraged his colleagues to take advantage of DaimlerChrysler’s 2:1 matching gift program, which triples the size of their gift. Jeff has also been an invaluable volunteer advisor to the College. He served two terms on the College of Engineering’s Alumni Board, and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Most recently he was on campus during engineering design day as a judge for the prestigious inaugural Edison award for excellence in the senior capstone project.

Besides being an active volunteer, Jeff is a long-time donor who has given annually since he graduated in 1997. Jeff and his wife Karen are members of the Beaumont Tower Society, an MSU donor society that recognizes lifetime giving between $25,000 and $49,999. Jeff and Karen have directed most of their support to the College of Engineering, particularly the MSU Formula SAE Team. In fact, they were among a group of young alumni and friends who recently established the Gary L. Cloud MSU Formula Racing Team Endowment, an endowed fund that offers a permanent, flexible stream of support to the MSU Formula SAE Team.

“I owe my success to the education and opportunities I experienced at MSU,” said Jeff. “I’m happy to be in a position to give back, and I hope other alumni will do the same. Together, our support will ensure future generations of engineering students have the opportunities and resources to succeed. "