As seen in Compass:
Faculty and staff give back to own departments, programs
Feb 16, 2015
By McKenzie Powell
“[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is difficult to ask others, including alumni, to give their funds if I am not willing to support my own program,” said Averell Overby, interim associate dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Health Sciences and Professions.
Every year, many dedicated staff and faculty like Overby invest in their own departments monetarily at OHIO in an effort to keep their programs alive and prosperous, all while encouraging growth and development.
“When I was director, there were many worthwhile projects that we simply did not have funds to support but we were able to do thanks to our donors,” Overby said. “I wanted to become a part of that enabling process.”
Overby has been contributing to the Division of Physical Therapy’s success through her gifts for approximately 10 years. She is not alone.
Eager to invest in his program and his students, Arthur Smith, a professor of physics and astronomy for over 15 years, invests in the Physics and Astronomy Department within the College of Arts and Sciences.
“I wanted to contribute to the department’s foundation account which supports a variety of functions such as social events and other important needs not covered by the department’s normal funding,” Smith said. “Whatever the needs are, these funds will be useful.”
The Physics and Astronomy Department’s foundation account helps to fund a variety of activities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and alumni. These activities have included colloquium and seminar visitors, recruitment processes, flowers for ill faculty, staff and donors, scholarships, and events like the annual Department Fall Picnic and the Annual Award ceremony.
“All of these events are beneficial as they bring together students, faculty and staff, creating a positive atmosphere in which students have a central role within a supportive, fun, and engaging environment,” Smith said.
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