Why I Give to Dyson College
Dyson College has many donors--alumni and alumnae, friends of the University, faculty, staff and students. They give to the College and University for a lot of different, often very personal reasons--but they are all motivated by an appreciation for the benefits a college education provides to people of all ages and a desire to help others. We want to show them our appreciation and share with you some of the reasons they continue to give to Pace and to stay connected to Dyson! Make a contribution to Pace today.
If you have given to Dyson and would like to be included on the Why I Give to Dyson page, please contact Brooke Springer, Dyson Assistant Dean of Communications.
Science Equipment Fund
A solid academic foundation is critical to a successful career in all disciplines. It is especially important in the sciences to have a solid foundation in both the theory and application of scientific principles. A well managed and well equipped teaching laboratory is necessary to prepare the undergraduate science student for the demands they will encounter in their scientific career either in graduate school or industry. The academic and laboratory skills I received while a student at Pace served me very well throughout my graduate studies in chemistry, post doctoral studies in biophysics, and professional career in scientific instrumentation. Modern, reliable, and well maintained laboratory equipment is a key element for the student’s realization of theoretical and applied scientific principles. My wife, Jane, who also has a Ph.D. in chemistry, shares with me this perspective and commitment to support Pace’s Sciences Equipment Fund. We both know that a student’s early success in the undergraduate laboratory and classroom is necessary to encourage more students to pursue successful careers in the sciences. When this is joined to a well conceived core of academic studies, students are prepared to recognize and take advantage of opportunities that will arise during their academic and professional careers.
Jane K. Schreiber, PhD
Michael H. Classe & Francis C. Classe Endowed Scholarship
Pace gave me the leading edge in a competitive world. This edge was a factor in my successful career in the business world as Director of Sony Plaza USA, and the Dyson Distinguished Achievement Award I was so honored to receive. It is my turn to return to Pace a part of my success and help future generations of students. My leading edge came from excellent and well-rounded curricula, an exceptional learning environment, and dedicated professors who all contributed to my learning and my growth as a human being. It was also important for me to honor my twin sons, Michael and Francis, for their successes, and to teach them the reward of philanthropy. Pace helped me and I wanted to contribute so that other students could receive the same opportunities accorded to me.
Brian E. Gombar Memorial Scholarship
Opportunity is a key word at Pace. It is more than a motto: it is a way of life. Pace provides students the opportunity to better themselves even when they may not realize it at the time. There are two major reasons why I give to Pace. First, the education I received in a small, almost family-like community provided me with the foundation I needed to move on to graduate school and a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. I was a commuter at the NYC campus from a blue color family background. As important as the education I received was the guidance and friendship of the science faculty at Pace, who pointed me in the right direction. Second, my wife Felice and I lost our son Brian to cancer when he was six years old. I never had the chance to put Brian through college. We wanted to do something in his memory, so we established the Brian E. Gombar memorial scholarship. It is very modest, but if there is some small way that I can give a young person some help to get the opportunity to better themselves as I did at Pace, then it is worthwhile. I encourage other alumni who were given opportunities based on their Pace education to help the students of today to achieve more in their lives.
Gloria C. Weinstein Endowed Scholarship
I give because I can. I give because I should. I give because it’s needed. Few places can provide guidance and direction to help young adults make choices and good decisions. A college campus is one of those places where given the right alignment of faculty, students and a willingness to seek advice and learn where things can happen. A direction can be set, goals established and success measured. Pace provided me with that opportunitas and since then I have felt it my obligation and privilege to help. Money should not be the only reason some succeed and others struggle and its been my intention to try and help level the field to those that have greater hardship making college the place where things begin to happen.
The Sherman Raskin Scholarship
I began teaching at Pace in 1963 and have been working at the University for close to 48 years, I strongly believe that Pace has an important mission and serves to educate first generation college students giving them opportunity to succeed in the market place. Pace prepares students giving them a solid liberal arts background and an education to succeed in a highly competitive world today.
For years as Chair of English and Director of the Publishing program, I have reached out to the community to ask professionals and colleagues to establish scholarship funds to assist our students. But I also believe that faculty giving is very important and serves as a role model for our alumni.
For many years, my wife, Paula and I have been very concerned about the increased cost of college tuition and strongly believe that we have a commitment to assist students to achieve an education at Pace as well. Consequently, we continue to build the Sherman Raskin Scholarship Fund, a fund that was established in my honor many years ago. We are committed to assisting graduate publishing students obtain their education.
The David M. Brodeur Family Endowed Scholarship
I established the David M. Brodeur Family Scholarship Fund in memory of my father. It is for students who may need short-term help paying for their Pace education. The principle behind the scholarship fund stemmed from my own experience at Pace. Mid-way through my sophomore year, my parents were both laid off from their jobs, and that meant the future of my education was uncertain. I remain grateful to the Financial Aid officer who cobbled together three scholarship programs that allowed me to stay in school for the remainder of the year. Of course, I was -- and still am -- grateful to the generous individuals who set up the scholarship funds from which I benefitted. That’s the intent behind the David M. Brodeur Family Scholarship: to help provide a bridge for deserving students in need until they can figure out a next step.
Getting an education is a real gift and I am a far better person for it. Everything I am and have today is because of my parents and my education, respectively. Education is the best investment you can make.
Today, as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and Head of Global Business and Executive Communications for the Investment Bank, I communicate the business strategy to over 27,000 employees around the world. Each day, I apply the basic principles of effective writing and communications that I learned as a Literature and Communications major, through my Career Services internship at IBM and as a full-time professional in the Pace's University Relations office.