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December 31, 2010
Oregon State's record-breaking December was made possible by the combined strength of all branches of the OSU family: alumni, friends, parents, faculty, private foundations, and business partners.
Fundraising for the $2.4 million Phase I of the OSU Boathouse project is now complete, and on Nov. 20 OSU broke ground for a facility that will include locker rooms for the men's and women's rowing teams, boat storage, and a small meeting area. Dozens of rowing alumni have contributed to this effort, including a couple who asked for boathouse donations in lieu of gifts at their wedding. In December four alumni representing a decade of men's rowing teams donated to the project, making gifts ranging from $50 to $100,000.
On the OSU Foundation "Why I Give" webpage, several donors have described the transformative impact this sport has had on their lives:
• "The lessons I learned on the Oregon State Rowing team pushed me to limits I would have never reached on my own."
• "My time on the rowing team built my character and helped me succeed in every other avenue of my life."
• "Rowing for OSU was a notable stepping stone in my life, and one of the things I'm most proud of. I want to make sure others have the same opportunity in future years."
OSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital has a new MRI scanner to examine animal patients from throughout Oregon and beyond, thanks to a generous gift from Stan and Judy Stearns. A member of the college's Advisory Council, Stan is the founder and president of Valco Instruments Company. The couple created the Gabriel Institute to support bone cancer research in honor of their beloved Saint Bernard (pictured), who died of this disease.
The MRI unit is the latest example of privately-funded new technologies and equipment which are enhancing the college's ability to provide excellent clinical care to animal patients, conduct pioneering biomedical research, and give veterinary students the opportunity to become familiar with state-of-the-art tools.
For 27 years Dr. Richard Ross taught in OSU's Department of Anthropology, where his wife, Dr. Kathryn Ross, also occasionally served as an adjunct instructor. They have made estate plans that will create an endowment to help cover fieldwork expenses for doctoral students. It's a tremendous example of gifts from OSU faculty that help young scholars who share their passion for their field of study.
"We have a strong commitment to OSU, to Oregon, and to students who are ready to go out in the world and do work that is extremely critical. Americans often don't understand people in other nations. Bringing back new perspectives is important," Kathryn said. Fieldwork in applied anthropology frequently takes students out of the United States for six to 18 months and is very costly. "When we did our fieldwork, there was support available, but now it is harder and harder to find," she added. "We wanted to provide what help we could."