Philanthropy is "uniquely American"

Columbia College holds second Honors and Awards luncheon in Dulany Hall banquet room.

Columbia College's second Honors and Awards luncheon, held in the Dulany Hall banquet room in April, was an opportunity for 130 scholarship and award recipients to meet, dine with and thank contributors in person.

The college dispenses or manages dozens of awards and scholarships. The Art Department alone has 10, one in honor of the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus Sidney Larson; the Science Department has 12 scholarships or awards. The luncheon also recognized honor society members.

Michael Kateman, executive director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations and himself a contributor, first addressed the assembly. "It is such a pleasure to stand before you as both a philanthropist and a college official," he said. Philanthropy is not indigenous to America, he said, but its scope and impact on people's lives makes it "uniquely American". What we do here at Columbia College is change people's lives."
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The assembly also heard President Gerald Brouder and Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, speak on the impact philanthropy has had on Columbia College and students' lives.

Smith, who helps dispense scholarships and awards, said he'd been contacted recently to see if there was anything he could do to help a motivated wife and mother of two fulfill her dream of attending pharmacy school upon graduation from Columbia College. "And I am happy to say I will be able to find funding for her," he said. "I can tap into a fund precisely for this purpose."

Brouder thanked everyone for attending, including board member and contributor Jolene Schultz, Dan Scotten, George Hulett and Rev. John Yonker. "Thanks for your stewardship and guidance," he said. He then asked the college's senior leadership, faculty and all students to stand. They were met with hearty applause.

Brouder gestured toward the students and said, "This is tangible proof of the effect of philanthropy at this great institution," he said.
Among contributors and recipients were:
  • Kensie Cavanah, recipient of the Roy S. and Noma S. Brown Memorial Scholarship in Education and Columbia College's nominee for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships in the nation, for juniors who show leadership potential and have an interest in government or public sector service.
  • Trisha Thompson, the second recipient of the Georgia Kateman RN Nursing Scholarship.
  • Virginia Young, a wheelchair-bound psychology student, recipient of the second Stedem Family Endowment Award for challenged students, seated with alumni Jill and Marty Stedem.
  • Stephanie Newton, recipient of the Robert M. McDaniels Scholarship for full-time Evening students and the Jackolyn Lois Barnhouse Memorial Scholarship for female humanities students.
Other contributors in attendance included Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, who had three reps present; Genie Rogers and Boone County National Bank, represented by President and CEO Steve Erdel. Hulett, president of Hulett Heating & Air Conditioning, recently endowed a scholarship in criminal justice.

Newton, an ambitious mother of five studying for a bachelor's degree in sociology with minors in psychology and criminology, was seated with English instructor Jack Barnhouse. Newton also was recognized for academic excellence in the Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Sigma Lambda honor societies. She said she hopes to go on to graduate school, will be Alpha Lambda Delta's next president and expects to be Amnesty International's first death penalty coordinator in Missouri.

"My kids say, 'Mom, don't do so much! You are wearing yourself out!’"

But, she says, it’s been worth it.

And her journey would not have been possible without the power of Columbia College philanthropy.