Curry’s Tradition of Philanthropy

Dr. Chronister and Freddie Nicholas (Ed.D. '73 Higher Ed), in whose honor Ruffner Conference Room 206 was named, thanks to Chronister's fundraising efforts.

Dr. Chronister and Freddie Nicholas (Ed.D. ’73 Higher Ed), in whose honor Ruffner Conference Room 206 was named, thanks to Chronister’s fundraising efforts.

Jay Chronister remembers that when he was a professor in our Higher Education program back in the 1980s he spent hours of personal time making phonathon calls to Curry School alumni (as did other faculty members).

He was a true believer in supporting Curry then and remains just as ardent today as an emeritus professor. This past year he volunteered to raise money for new furnishings in Ruffner Hall common areas. Thanks to Dr. Chronister and the Higher Ed alumni whom he invited to participate, the Ruffner Hall fund grew by more than $25,000.

He also continues to support the education of individual Curry students each year through the Jay L. Chronister Student Award in Higher Education.

Dr. Chronister isn’t alone. Professor Emeritus Richard Abidin supports current clinical and school psychology students through two funds: The Richard Abidin Scholarship and the Richard Abidin Awards for Excellence in Research & Clinical Excellence.

Abidin_Dick_250Last year, he helped create and fund the Dean’s Research and Development Fund, which provides grants to support early development research among our faculty.

The Curry School has a rich history of current and former faculty and staff members who give back to Curry. Many see it as an investment in the future of the institution that has nurtured their careers and prepared countless men and women to excel in their own professions.

Many of our alumni—as well as current students—join faculty, staff and friends in this philanthropic commitment to Curry, too. As a matter of fact, nearly 1,300 Curry School alumni were donors in the fiscal year running from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Eight hundred of those donors have been giving to Curry for three or more consecutive years.

Curry School Annual Report 2014-1The 2014 annual report of the Curry School Foundation, which is now available online, tells the story of Curry School philanthropy and its impact on the school over the past year. Take a look, and see how the Foundation’s diligent efforts have helped bring valuable new resources to Curry, its students and its faculty.

And please consider joining the ranks of loyal donors who believe that giving back to the Curry School is a great way to say “Thanks for an excellent education” and “Keep up the good work!”