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College of Letters and Science Development Report

Each year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, alumni and friends display their willingness to make a difference in the lives of our students by making gifts to the UWSP Foundation. In 2014, 804 gifts totaling $584,019 were made to the College of Letters and Science. Total assets at UWSP Foundation for the college grew from $2,818,919 on December 31, 2013, to $3,398,636 on December 31, 2014. During that same year, the College of Letters and Science awarded more than 170 student scholarships totaling $90,045.
 
Transforming lives, departments and our university is often the result of passionate giving. We encourage our givers to match their passion with their generosity; a formula we hope culminates in deep and meaningful connections with faculty, staff and students to make our world a better place. Some of these transformational gifts include:
 
An anonymous gift of more than $400,000 was made to enhance the future of biology education on our campus. This generous gift will support the Department of Biology and provide additional funding for the Charles and Mary Louise Tenley Scribner professorship currently held by Krista Slemmons. Established in 2005, the Scribner Professorship plays a vital role in the training and continuing education of current and future biology teachers that graduate from UW-Stevens Point. The university’s beginnings as a teacher’s college and normal school, aimed at creating quality educators, continues to this day, and this gift ensures a bright future for biology teachers graduating from our institution.
 
The Judd S. Alexander Foundation, Inc. made a gift to expand research in nanotechnology, an aspect of research on campus that is aimed at contributing to manufacturing and innovative discoveries in nanowire and nanotemplate technologies. This research has resulted in simple but extraordinary education models that have created excitement about science at every level of education in our region.
 
A special gift was made this year by Doug Henderson, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, and his wife Susan Gingrasso, professor emeritus in the Department of Theatre of Dance. Their gift of more than $100,000 fundamentally transformed scholarships in the Department of Psychology and established the Douglas B. Henderson Fund for Psychology Student Excellence. This endowment will support scholarships in the department, and when possible, student participation and attendance at the annual department awards banquet. 
 
Professor Henderson spent 25 years on campus and was best known for his strong support of his students and of the value of service to others. Between 1978 and 2004, the Department of Psychology created six awards to honor retired faculty members. One of the awards honored professor Henderson’s leadership with the creation of the Doug Henderson Award for Student Service. 
 
For years after retirement, professor Henderson imagined how he could continue to make a difference in the lives of psychology students at UW-Stevens Point into the future. He hopes this gift will inspire others to consider making a difference in lives of future students through their own generosity. 
 
Doug Henderson graduated from the doctoral program at Ohio State University. He was a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1976 until 2001. During his years at UW-Stevens Point, he was the faculty adviser for both the Psychology Club and Psi Chi and is credited for organizing the first Psychology Department Awards Program Banquet.
 
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