Celebrating Scholarship Luncheon 2015
Each year, Susquehanna University donors and students gather together to celebrate the many ways in which donor support touches the lives of students. This special event provided students with the opportunity to meet and thank the extraordinary people who make a difference at Susquehanna each and every day through their generosity.
The 2015 celebration began at Arthur Plaza with the induction of new members into the Susquehanna Society, a designation recognizing Susquehanna donors whose lifetime giving exceeds $1 million.
Signe S. Gates ‘71
A Susquehanna graduate and vice chair of the Susquehanna University Board of Trustees, Signe’s passion for lifting up people is evident through her extraordinary giving. In 2006, she created the Signe S. Gates Appreciation Awards, recognizing faculty and staff performance that goes above and beyond the call of duty and is aligned with the university’s mission. She quietly helps students who experience sudden financial hardship through a fund established to keep such students in a position to continue their Susquehanna education. Signe’s most recent gift established The Signe Gates Fund for Excellence in Leadership and supports professional development for senior leaders at the university. In 1998, her first major gift established the Russell and Signe Eva Gates Endowment for the Humanities, honoring and lifting up two very important people in her life: her parents. She received the Alumni Association’s distinguished award for achievement in 2008.
Joseph I. and Ellen Goldstein
The Goldsteins have enriched the campus community through philanthropy that has helped students and increased diversity, all while honoring family and friends who have been meaningful in the donors’ lives. The Goldstein-Weis Prizes are awarded in the names of Joel and Trudy Cunningham; Sidney and Carole Apfelbaum; and Sigmund Weis, to seniors who demonstrate clear evidence of achievement, leadership and service during their undergraduate years. The Sigfried and Janet Weis Prize, in honor of Mrs. Goldstein’s parents, is awarded for academic and literary achievement by students. The Goldstein Fund for Jewish Life and Learning enhances the campus experience through the rich traditions of the Jewish culture.
Raymond C. ’50, H’07 and Kay LaRue’52 Lauver
The Lauvers have been loyal and generous supporters of their alma mater for more than 60 years. The Lauver Scholarship, established in 1984, helps deserving students with preference given to those from Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. Ray, an emeritus member of the university’s Board of Trustees, received the Alumni Association’s distinguished awards for achievement (1986) and service (2000), as well as an honorary doctor of law degree in 2007. His and Kay’s “pay it forward” philosophy has provided life-changing opportunities for students.
Carly Husick ’15, recipient of the Goldstein-Weis: Sidney and Carole Apfelbaum Prize and the Gundaker Enrichment Fund, shared words of gratitude on behalf of all students. “The students in this room and many others across our campus are here because of the generosity of all of you,” Husick told the donors in attendance. “We thank you for the opportunities you have provided and the education you have helped us to achieve. We hope that we will follow your example as we gain success in the world beyond Susquehanna.”
Madison Clark ’15, recipient of the Pastor Raymond Shaheen Scholarship and the Erik Kirkland Essay Prize, entertained guests with a slam poetry performance. Slam poetry, often called “spoken word,” is a style of expression in which poets perform original works for an audience. Slam is often featured in a competitive format with audience members assigning scores to the poems performed. Spoken word offers the opportunity to share intensely emotional stories with an audience, and features poems that are meant to be more than simply read silently from the page.