Students Meet Their Supporters

by Heidi Lynn '05

On March 31, APU's Office of University Advancement hosted a Foundation Appreciation Brunch in the President's Dining Room. Sixteen students joined Richard L. Stack, trustee for the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation; Jack and Barbara Lee, on behalf of the Fuller Foundation; and Gene and Jolene Boutault, with the James L. Stamps Foundation, Inc., giving them an opportunity to meet the students their scholarship grants support.

The event was an informal affair, the first of several that is set to take place this semester. As opposed to years past, in which the brunch accommodated representatives from 10-12 foundations and included a formal program, this year's brunch is divided into several meetings, creating a more intimate atmosphere between the representatives and students. After brunch with President Jon R. Wallace, DBA; Dave Bixby, Ed.D., vice president for university advancement; and Louise Furrow, director of foundation and corporate relations, attendees were offered a tour of the John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, APU's newest building, scheduled for dedication in May.

These brunches allow foundation donors to see the faces of students who are on the receiving end of their generosity. "We are always pleased to host foundation representatives on campus," Furrow said. "We are proud of our students, and enjoy the opportunity to introduce the scholarship recipients to those who have helped make their education possible."