A Message from the Director of Development
We are excited to have the academic year well underway with more than 3200 students enrolled in our college. The halls are crowded with an increasing number of undergraduate and graduate students. All of our academic programs are growing and we are pleased to announce that the Personal Financial Planning program will become a new department during this next academic year. This is quite an achievement for a program that will be 25 years old next spring!
With the spin-off of the PFP program, the Applied and Professional Studies Department will change its name to the Community Family and Addiction Services Department (CFAS). The CFAS Department will be comprised of the CFAS undergraduate program, the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies minor, and the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate degree program.
We had a very successful year of fundraising thanks to the many alumni who continue to grow our scholarship endowments as well as fund research projects that have boosted our goal to reach Tier 1 status. I would like to thank the following foundations and individuals who made a significant impact on our academic programs and our scholarship endowments:
- The CH Foundation funded the first Chair in Personal Financial Planning.
- The Helen Jones Foundation funded a significant gift to boost our undergraduate scholarships.
- The Steve Burleson Family of Midland has funded research in the Nutrition Hospitality and Retail Management Department which will help in our quest for Tier 1 status.
- Dr. Maynette Derr Williams funded a gift to completely renovate our Apparel Design and Manufacturing sewing lab.
- eMoney for a large gift in kind of software for the Personal Financial Planning Department.
- Mark and Bette Morris Foundation for the new Dr. Mina Lamb Fellowship in Nutritional Sciences.
- Dr. Fred Wagner who is increasing the Betty and Fred Wagner Endowment in the Child Development Research Center.
- The Prosper Foundation for a large gift in kind software in Retail Management.
As we continue to grow our enrollment, our need for more scholarships is even greater. Please consider setting up a new scholarship endowment or making a pledge for an annual scholarship gift. Every gift makes a difference in how well our students do in college.
Thank you for your support of our students, faculty and staff.
Dean Verner Loehr
(my name is Dean, I am not the Dean)