The gift is the largest donation ever received by the CMU’s geosciences program. The donor referenced a previous geosciences newsletter as inspiration for the gift.
“We didn’t fully appreciate the value of the program newsletter at the time, but we sure do now. I believe the endowment is a reminder for all departments that our good work for students can easily go unnoticed if we don’t communicate with our alumni and community,” Geology Professor Rex Cole said.
University President Tim Foster, while appreciating the amount donated, said, “I have the privilege of being involved in many exciting projects and initiatives for students, but generosity like this inspires me the most.”
“So many donors give so much and ask for so little in return. It’s what makes my job rewarding and special,” he added.