iMBA Alumni Club Raises $75,000 in its First Year
(Sue Lory '05 & Joanne Gocek present Dean Melvin Stith with a check)
iMBA Alumni Club Scholarship and Philanthropy News
Since its founding a year ago, the iMBA Alumni Club has hit the ground running with its philanthropy endeavors. Headed up by Co-Chairs Lou Vivenzio and Sue Lory, here are some of the projects and fund raising initiatives the club has been involved with:
Captain Rebecca Jarabek Orange Grove Paving Stone
The Whitman iMBA Alumni Club held a fund raising for a paving stone to be placed in the SU Orange Grove in memory of the late Rebecca Jarabek, a dear friend and fellow Whitman iMBA student. Jarabek, 28, graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000, and moved on to represent the United States Army in Korea, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq as a Blackhawk medical evacuation pilot. One of nine children, and a twin, she is described as someone who loved to be outdoors, often participating in triathlons and riding her bike for 100 miles at a time. Jarabek passed away in 2007 after returning from Iraq.
The paver was officially unveiled after the MBA convocation in May 2007. The Orange Grove is located adjacent to the Quad on the SU campus and is comprised of granite paver's paying tribute to SU alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. The paver reads: "CPT Rebecca A. Jarabek Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Scholar, Pilot, Friend, and Patriot." Click here to see a photo of the paver in the Orange Grove.
Shirley Rosita Henderson Endowed Scholarship
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management has announced the establishment of a new endowed scholarship, created with a gift from alumna Susan K. Lory '05 MBA to honor her mother. The Shirley Rosita Henderson Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarship and financial assistance to MBA candidates in the Whitman School. Candidates must demonstrate motivation for achieving educational goals, leadership and service skills, and financial need.
Preference for the Shirley Rosita Henderson Endowed Scholarship will be given to African American students and to students enrolled in the iMBA program. Selection of recipients, which is expected to begin in five years, will be made at the discretion of Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Whitman School.
Susan Lory earned her graduate degree through the Whitman School's nationally acclaimed iMBA distance learning program, enabling her to complete her MBA while continuing her full-time position as district manager of pharma sales for McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson Company, in Nashville, Tenn.
The Naming of the Associate Dean of External Programs Office
Thanks to the generosity of iMBA alumni, Assistant Dean Paula O'Callaghan's office was "named" with $25,000 in pledges and gifts and a naming plaque was installed in her honor. The four primary donors and whose names are listed on the plaque are:
Other iMBA alumni who gave donations toward the naming of the office include:
If you would like to get involved with future philanthropy efforts please contact either Sue Lory or Lou Vivenzio.