Why We Give

As Penn State faculty and staff, we work hard every day to make the University the best it can be. That’s because Penn State represents something more than a cluster of academic buildings: it is the community where we work, learn, and live. It is a network that connects us with colleagues, friends, neighbors, and even family. And it is an idea that inspires us to achieve great things.

To make sure that Penn State’s legacy of achievement continues, we are engaged in an ambitious University-wide fundraising effort. For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students will give even more men and women the chance to improve their lives and the lives of their families by earning their degrees. The campaign will also increase support for transformative teaching and research and allow students to take advantage of even more opportunities for personal and professional enrichment at the University.

I invite you to be a part of this effort to ensure a bright future for Penn State: read on to learn how to participate in the campaign. On behalf of Penn State students, thank you for the time and energy you devote to the University.

Dr. John J. Romano
Chair, Faculty and Staff Campaign

Why we give: faculty and staff share their stories

Guy Barbato, College of Agricultural Sciences 
Dr. Thomas M. Caccese, Penn State Hazleton
Kathleen and Douglas Eggli, Penn State College of Medicine
Rich and Janice Pearce, Renaissance Fund
Ike and Lisa Shibley, Penn State Berks
Lynn Tressler, Smeal College of Business

In related news

Penn State Professors Create Fund to Support Graduate Students

Penn State Professors Elizabeth J. Susman and Gerald I. Susman have created two new endowments to support graduate students in the College of Health and Human Development and the Smeal College of Business, their respective colleges. The Gerald I. Susman Enhancement Fund in the Department of Management and Organization in the Smeal College of Business and the Elizabeth J. Susman Enhancement Fund in Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development will provide annual support for graduate students in the academic departments where the Susmans have spent their distinguished academic careers.

Penn State Receives Pioneering Gift for Library Innovation

Two new librarians will help keep the University Libraries a leader in the evolving information world, thanks to a commitment from Librarian Emeritus and alumna Sally W. Kalin and her husband, State College attorney Richard L. Kalin.

Penn State Faculty and Staff Giving Exceeds Past Total, Current Goal

Thanks to landmark gifts in support of the University Libraries and the Palmer Museum of Art, campaign commitments from present and former Penn State employees during For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students now total more than $43 million. That figure now exceeds the entire sum raised from faculty and staff during the Grand Destiny campaign, which concluded in 2003, and beyond the $43 million target that the For the Future campaign aimed to reach by 2014. The goal-breaking commitment came from Librarian Emeritus and alumna Sally W. Kalin and her husband, State College attorney Richard L. Kalin.

Faculty and Staff Portion of For the Future Campaign Begins

This month kicks off the faculty and staff portion of Penn State’s University-wide fundraising initiative, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. The For the Future campaign is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving the campaign’s goals and encourages faculty and staff to join their efforts.

Retired Professor and Wife Endow Undergraduate Teaching Award

Paul R. Shellenberger, professor emeritus of dairy science, and his wife, Joan M. Shellenberger, have committed $25,000 to Penn State to create an award honoring outstanding undergraduate education instructors in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Campaign Vice-chairs

Gail Hurley
Blaine Steensland
R. Scott Kretchmar
John and Maryann Cahir