Gifts at Work

Several grants toward the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience/Pre-Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE/ PURE) allowed 15 students to immerse themselves in applied science at USD. Contributions were made by The Beckman Coulter Foundation ($10,000), U.S. Bank ($5,000), Biogen Idec ($10,000) and the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation ($50,000). Two of the grants exceeded the amount requested, underscoring the value that grant makers place on science education today.

In recognition of his late wife, Phyllis McArdle Clause, her devoted husband Melvin has established a scholarship endowment in her name. The Phyllis McArdle Clause Scholarship Endowment will provide scholarships in perpetuity to deserving students studying for a master’s degree in school counseling. As a school counselor herself, Mrs. Clause’s memory is honored by the gift, a fitting tribute to the success she enjoyed in her career in improving the lives of countless students and their families.

The Duda Family Foundation generously contributed $100,000 to the Duda Family Scholarship Endowment, which was established in 1999 to assist students who are challenged by the rising cost of higher education.

Jane Goodall’s spring 2008 appearance on campus was multi-faceted; in addition to a public lecture, the planting of a tree and classroom activity, her visit resulted in a $30,000 gift to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s WorldLink Program. An intimate “Dinner with Jane” fundraiser made WorldLink a co-benefactor of the event. WorldLink brings global awareness to the area’s emerging leaders, allowing high school students to interact with dignitaries from around the world and discuss such major issues as global warming and human trafficking.