Your Donation at Work

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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




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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“I went through grad school and somebody paid for my schooling. What I learned later in life is that the University didn’t give me the money, somebody paid for that tuition, and I never had the chance to thank whoever paid for that. Doing this award is my way of saying thank you to the person or group that helped me get my start. It’s my way of giving back.”

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Rob and Janelle Guentter




"In 1979, I borrowed $100 from an emergency student loan fund. That was a huge amount of money to me at the time! I had no idea how I'd pay it off in 30 days, but I did. It allowed me to buy a book and art supplies that I desperately needed to stay in school that term. I've never forgotten that help! I vowed then that I would give back to the University someday to help keep at least one other kid in school the same way.  I'm very happy that I've begun to do this!"

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The inimitable Sue Paterno, ’62 Lib Arts, Vice-Chair of the University Libraries Development Board, recently spoke with fellow Libraries supporter Lily McGovern, ’71 Lib Arts, and learned they have more in common than a shared love of the University Libraries...
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Lily with her mother Angelina Miller





“During my time at the Penn State Libraries, I was able to collaborate meaningfully across the library and the University. By expanding my network of collaboration, I was able to plan successful events which fostered an environment of open sharing and collective knowledge creation.” – Lily Murray, Student Engagement and Outreach Bednar Intern, 2018-2020

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Lily Murray



Marion Mackinnon’s Gift Leads the Way for Students With Disabilities

"As an international student who is blind and pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology, I am deeply indebted to University Libraries’ Adaptive Technology & Services. All tactile graphs as well as alternative text materials required for my course work are always provided to me in a timely manner, making my academic experience very enjoyable. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to those who have supported me –giving me the strength to not give up but to keep moving forward." -Jooyoung Seo.

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