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Your Donation at Work

"We enact our values through the decisions we make and the actions we take. The value of access, especially access to higher education and access to a public research library’s resources, motivates and energizes me as a library leader. It's clear that this value also motivates and energizes our supporters because of the actions they take. We celebrate their generous philanthropy as it enables Penn State Libraries to reach the highest levels of excellence in our services, collections, and personnel."
- Dean Faye A. Chadwell

 

 

FORMER DEAN NANCY EATON'S PASSION TO GIVE

Former Penn State Libraries Dean Nancy Eaton continues to show her dedication and support for the Libraries even after her retirement. Eaton has been involved with the library both as a donor and a former faculty member and likes to stay in touch with past colleagues and meet new ones. Her involvement embodies Penn State pride and a passion for helping faculty across all campuses in professional and scholarly development.
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THOMAS WITT:  A PASSION FOR EDUCATION DRIVES HIS PASSION TO GIVE

Penn State alumni Thomas Witt is a long-time supporter of the University Libraries. As an undergraduate student, he often visited the Pattee Library to conduct research for his school assignments - just a short, on-foot commute away from his four-year residence in West Halls. After graduating in 1973, his passion for education continued as a frequent donor to the Library Future Fund, which goes toward developing new areas and resources for the Libraries.

In addition to his personal use of library resources as a student, he donates because he knows anyone at Penn State can utilize the library and its resources. Contributing to the education of students is a valuable aspect of his donations.
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KAREN POLLOCK AND THE WORK STUDY STUDENT BOOK AWARD

Former Penn State Student and current Libraries donor Karen Pollock is passionate about making a difference in the lives of Penn State students. Pollock started the Work Study Student Book Award, a gift of $750 to one randomly selected, Library-employed student each semester across all campuses. The money goes towards approved expenses, such as books and laptop accessories to mitigate required costs for students’ courses.

Pollock founded this award because she wanted to have a direct impact on students, a gift that is touching and personal. Helping cover the costs of books for students means one less thing they have to worry about, and that can make all the difference.
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GIVING TUESDAY THANK YOU:  A MESSAGE FROM DEAN CHADWELL

Tuesday, November 28, was GivingTuesday, as you probably know, and it was an incredible day of giving. It was so inspiring to see the Penn State community come together for many good causes. 9775 Penn State donors collectively raised $1,415,553 for the various campaigns. What a feat! This year, our two campaigns raised $67,115 through the efforts of 254 individual donations. Although we did not beat Penn State Dickinson Law, our priorities did come in 2nd and 4th in total dollars raised. I am thrilled we exceeded our goal for both initiatives. Check out some of the highlights!
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WORKING TOWARDS DIGITAL EQUITY: THE MARY O'NEILL MARSH TECH ACADEMY ENDOWMENT

Penn State and libraries have always been important to Mary Marsh, who grew up as an avid reader in State College.

Mary graduated from Penn State in 1969 with a degree in law enforcement and corrections. During her time here, she worked at the Health and Human Development (HHD) Library, seeing first hand how important library services are to students.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: PHIL AND SUSAN GRESH

Penn State has a special place in the hearts of Phil and Susan Gresh. During their time at Penn State, they met on a blind date at a football game and married three years later. Phil graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and Susan graduated from the College of Health and Human Development, so giving to the Penn State Libraries is considered neutral ground. “We have been coming back to Penn State for a long time and have been involved in many different ways over the years,” said Phil. “Eventually we went and met Sue Kellerman (Judith O. Sieg Chair for Preservation and Head of Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization), and the rest is history.”

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INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE: THE PRYSTOWSKY SCHOLARSHIP

Passionate Penn Staters Eric and Bonnie Prystowsky met at Penn State in 1966 and still consider Penn State a very special place. “Bonnie graduated from The College of the Liberal Arts, and I from The Eberly College of Science,” said Eric Prystowsky. But, both of us spent many hours together in the library. The library became an area of common interest to us then, and a good way for us to give back to Penn State now.”
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