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Giving Update

We are pleased to share the impact of the following recent and future gifts to benefit the students and programs of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.


Presidential Challenge for Student Global Experience Continued

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has extended the Donor Challenge Program for student interna­tional experiences through December 31, 2010. The challenge continues to encourage donors to provide scholarship support for U-M students to study abroad. The challenge will now also provide matching funds for scholarship support for international students to attend the University of Michigan. The 1-for-2 match is for endowment gifts of $25K or more, pledged over a maximum of five years. To learn more about this opportunity to leverage your gift in support of interna­tional student experiences, please call Maureen Schafer at 734-764-4453.

Stamps Renew Commitment to Scholars Program

Back in 2006, Penny (BS, Art & Design, ’66) and Roe Stamps established the Stamps Scholars Program, merit based and earmarked to support the most outstanding incoming freshmen admitted to six colleges and schools, including the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. So far, 70 U-M students are Stamps Scholars.

The Stamps have now renewed their commitment for another four classes of students. “We couldn’t be happier with the young men and women we have been able to meet and support at Michigan,” said Penny Stamps. “We are certain that many outstanding business and community leaders of the future will be graduates of this program.”

Stamps Scholars become members of the Stamps Scholars Society, a student organization that fosters academic achievement, international learning, community involvement, and career planning. So far, SMTD has nine Stamps Scholars, two of whom, Andrew Kotarbo (clarinet) and Michael Tyszko (percus­sion), just finished their senior year.

Support for SMTD

Two new scholarships have been estab­lished to recruit and support SMTD students: the Barbara and Jeffrey Duncan Scholarship will provide a four-year scholarship for an incoming freshman in musical theatre and the endowed Steven M. Schwartzberg Music Scholarship will provide support for students in voice performance.

Two estate gifts have been received for the following initiatives: the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Estate to enhance the already existing Walgreen Scholarship Fund for outstanding students at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the Charlotte McGeoch Estate to establish a new renovation fund for Hill Auditorium.

Three new scholarships were initiated for the Michigan Marching Band: The Betty Cummings Marching Band Scholarship, The H. Richard & Denise M. Elmquist and Family Marching Band Scholarship, and The Austin Moore Family Marching Band Scholarship. The Soucie Family Flag Fund was established to provide programmatic support for the flag line of the MMB.

New bequest intentions to ensure SMTD continues to thrive were recently received from Richard Kruse (BM ’64, MM 65’, wind instruments) to benefit clarinet students and Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm (MM ’93, DMA ’99, organ) to benefit organ students.

The Men’s Glee Club Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Tradition, Camaraderie and Excellence: these pillars of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club have helped to build a legacy of 150 years steeped in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Louis Elbel’s The Victors. To honor this tradition, the Club’s Tails, Tours and Tuition fundrais­ing campaign began with these objectives: No one is kept out of Club because he cannot afford tails. No one will ever miss tour because of cost. Tuition support through scholarship awards doubles. And total endowment value more than doubles.

At the mid-point of its campaign, the Men’s Glee Club is well on its way to achieving these objectives. Thanks to the leadership of Campaign Chair Steve Ramsey (LSA ’67), a core group of volunteers, and a dedicated group of alumni, the Glee Club reached $1,085,000 in March of this year—just in time to publicly announce its goal to raise a full $1.5 million by the end of 2012!

New Men’s Glee Club gifts include:

Five new named endowments: The Craig D. Brennan Pay-it-Forward Award, The Ramsey Team Leadership Award, The Christine and Anthony Alcantra Endowment, The Weidler Family Scholarship Endowment, and The Jim and Stephanie Walter Fund for International Tour Cultural Experiences.

Seven gifts of $10,000 and above from Tom Marion, Reid Wagstaff, Joe Gradisher, Sky Lance, Chris Nordhoff, Allen Wilcox, and one anonymous donor, all former Men’s Glee Club members.

Bequest intentions: Terry Bangs, Dick Bowman, Craig Brennan, Bob Chapel, Jack Cowles, Tom Markus, Chris Nordhoff, Jim Pollock, Steve Ramsey, Don Sanderson, Carl Smith, Tom Sweeny, Rich Von Luhrte, and Jim Walter.

All of these generous gifts have helped to secure the future of this storied Club.


Please call the Office of Development & External Relations at 734-764-4453
if you have any questions or would like to explore giving opportunities.