LSU Shreveport Recognizes Three Professorships and One Scholarship
September 22, 2011
The LSUS Foundation hosted a news conference, Wednesday, September 21 to recognize the State of Louisiana Board of Regents matching funds in the amount of $120,000 to endow two professorships and one scholarship. They also recognized the renaming of an existing professorship previously established by an anonymous donor.
The following professorships were established at the $100,000 level with the initial investment of $60,000 from the donor and $40,000 in matching funds from the Board of Regents:
The Samuel & Mary Abramson Endowed Professorship in the College of Arts & Sciences to Support the Samuel & Mary Abramson Distinguished Science Lecture Series was established by Mrs. Adelle A. Shaw in memory of her parents Samuel and Mary Abramson, lifelong residents of Shreveport, La. and dedicated community volunteers. The professor recipient of this endowment is Dr. Paul Sisson, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Dr. Sisson is also a Professor of Mathematics at LSUS.
The Kelly Kemp Graves Endowed Professorship in Early Childhood Education in the College of Business, Education & Human Development was established by Dr. George & Rita Kemp and family to honor Kelly Kemp Graves, Dr. and Mrs. Kemp's daughter. The professor recipient of this endowment is Dr. Patricia Doerr, Professor of Education at LSUS.
The following scholarship was established at the $100,000 level with the initial investment of $60,000 from the donor and $40,000 in matching funds from the Board of Regents:
The Salvadore and Kendra Miletello Endowed Scholarship for First Generation College Students was established by Salvadore & Kendra Miletello of Shreveport, La. and friends. Income from this endowment will fund an academic scholarship for a deserving first generation student attending LSUS beginning in the fall of 2012.
In addition, LSU Shreveport also recognized the renaming of an existing professorship previously established by an anonymous donor. The newly renamed Bradley S. Kemp Professorship in Forensics and Debate was established by Dr. George & Rita Kemp and family in 2008 as the LSUS Professorship to Support the Debate Team Endowed by an Anonymous Donor to honor Bradley Kemp, Dr. and Mrs. Kemp's son. The professor recipient of this endowment is Trey Gibson, Instructor of Communications and Director of Forensics at LSUS.
To establish an endowed professorship or first generation scholarship, a university must raise $60,000 in private donations, which the Board of Regents will match with $40,000 for a $100,000 endowed professorship or first generation scholarship. The funds are invested, and its earned income benefits the recipient of the professorship or scholarship. The principal amount is never distributed. The Board of Regents Endowed Chairs and Professorships Program helps LSU Shreveport attract and retain valuable faculty members.
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