Centre News

Commemorative giving makes a difference at Centre


February 7, 2013        
Commemorative giving Hundreds of Centre alumni, parents and friends have been
making gifts to the College in honor or in memory of people
who have played special roles in their lives.

Centre is a place that recognizes the importance of giving—and many in the Centre community choose to give back to the College in commemorative ways.

According to Shawn Lyons ’81, associate vice president for development and alumni affairs, hundreds of Centre alumni, parents and friends have been making gifts to Centre in honor or in memory of people who have played special roles in their lives.

“Centre has long benefited from gifts made in honor or in memory of alumni, faculty, staff and others,” says Lyons. This year, we’ve have quite a few such gifts, most recently the establishment of the Susie Roush Campus Beautification Fund.

Often, gifts are used to establish named endowment funds that provide a permanent source of income for things like scholarships, faculty chairs and research funds. Commemorative gifts can also provide funding for everything from trees to laboratory equipment to buildings. Unless specific arrangements are made in conversation with the donors, gifts made in memory or in honor of individuals are used for library acquisitions.

“Certainly, a robust library is central to our educational mission,” says Lyons, “and whether gifts are $25 or $25,000, they enable the College to do something tangible that we couldn’t do otherwise.

“We always encourage people to contact us if they have any questions about gifts in memory or honor of individuals,” Lyons continues. “That way, we can ensure that we have the best possible match between the needs of the College and our students, and an appropriate project for the person being honored.”

As of late, Lyons and his colleagues have been working with donors on several special projects, including:


• Donald Davies Buchanan Memorial Fund—friends and family of Don Buchanan ’83 are establishing a scholarship fund and an on-campus memorial;

• Ross Herman Memorial Fund—friends and family of Ross Herman ’10 are planting a tree in his memory;

• Kentucky Ensemble New Zealand Fund—gifts to this fund will help this Centre musical group with expenses for a spring ’13 trip featuring several performances in New Zealand;

• Bruce White Memorial Fund—colleagues and students of longtime professor of philosophy Bruce White are planting a tree in his memory and hoping to establish an endowed philosophy prize.


In the spirit of giving, if you would like to make a gift to any of the funds mentioned above—or perhaps make a gift in honor or memory of another person—contact Shawn Lyons at shawn.lyons@centre.edu or at 877-678-9822 or make an online gift here.



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