November 17, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University Celebrates National Philanthropy
Day and Development Foundation Scholarships
On Thursday, November 5, the Shawnee State University
Development Foundation hosted “Gather on the Green,” an
early evening under-the-tent cocktail mixer and barbeque
feast in celebration of National Philanthropy and higher
education scholarship giving.
the Development Foundation awarded 153 scholarships to
deserving Shawnee State students totaling more than $180,000
in direct support for tuition and other expenses.
Rita Rice Morris headlined a brief program with remarks
about National Philanthropy Day – a day established in 1985
by the Association of Fundraising Professionals to pay
tribute to great people and contributions in the
economy,” Morris said, “private gifts to U.S. colleges and
universities climbed in 2008 to $31.6 billion, the highest
total ever recorded.”
thanked those who contribute their time and money to support
Shawnee State University. She also shared news from campus
about several projects underway that are the fruit of such
giving, such as a state-of-the-art motion capture studio and
a $15 million University Center.
announced that the Development Foundation had raised
$665,414.12 in direct support of Shawnee State scholarships
in the past sixteen months.
the Alumni Green at the site of spring commencement, “Gather
on the Green” featured old-time Appalachian string music
provided by John and Janet Schomburg of Columbus and Kevin
Edwards of Portsmouth. John is an accomplished fiddle player
and 1973 alumnus of Shawnee State. Invited guests included
the University Board of Trustees, the Development Foundation
Board, University President’s Club members, and supporters
of Shawnee State scholarships.
Provost Dave Todt, Dean of Professional Studies Jim Kadel,
and Vice President of Student Affairs Jim Settle were also
in attendance, together with members of the campus faculty.
Twelve select students and their families who directly
benefit from Shawnee State scholarships were also on hand to
meet University administration, staff and donors.
Morris closed the program by giving thanks and previewing an
exciting year to come.
“Last year we
concluded a wildly successful capital campaign,” Morris
said. “It is now time to move from being ‘Poised for
Tomorrow’ to embracing the future.”