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A Tribute to Philanthropy

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President: Ricardo R. Fernàndez
Lehman College Foundation Chair: Myrna Rivera

Total College Enrollment: 12,287
Alumni on Record: 62,000+
Full-Time Faculty: 384

For four decades, Lehman College has provided undergraduate and graduate students with a first-rate liberal arts education and a dynamic research environment, preparing them for careers and advanced study in over thirty fields. The over 370 full-time members of Lehman’s faculty represent a broad spectrum of scholarship and include seven who hold the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest rank attainable within CUNY. Over 12,000 students benefit from Lehman’s advanced facilities, which include a new speech and hearing clinic; state-of-the-art labs in biology, geographic information science, and new media; and a world-class sports and recreation center. Lehman was the first CUNY college to earn accreditation for its education and counseling programs from the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the second to offer a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and one of only 13 colleges across the country chosen as “an institution of excellence” for the quality of its freshman programs.

Major Gift Highlights

A $1.8 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation established, and has continued to support, the Bronx Institute at Lehman College. The Bronx Institute is a recognized leader in the Bronx community, preparing youth to become academically successful, graduate from high school, enter college, and engage in rewarding careers as productive citizens. Through its programs, which provide instructional technology support, after-school instruction, tutoring, mentoring, and high school and college awareness workshops, the Institute serves as a force for positive change, helping students from diverse backgrounds meet the needs of a changing society. Since its inception, the Bronx Institute has helped thousands of Bronx middle and high school students achieve academic and personal success.

Funding of nearly $4.5 million from Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital, and Health Care Employees Union has helped to support a nursing degree program for immigrants and most recently supported development of a new academic certificate program in alcohol and substance-abuse counseling.

A grant of $1.35 million from New Visions for Public Schools supported Lehman’s innovative collaborative education programs with Bronx public high schools. This model partnership established eight small specialized high schools that meet the diverse needs and talents of New York City’s students, especially in underserved urban areas.

Dorothy Brodin, Professor Emerita of Romance Languages at Lehman, made a generous bequest to the College in her will that totaled nearly $1.7 million. Although she retired in 1980, Dr. Brodin maintained a strong connection with the Lehman community. Her gift included a painting by Marsden Hartley, one of the earliest American cubist painters. Through Professor Brodin’s generosity, Lehman established the Dorothy and Pierre Brodin Scholarship for students majoring in the humanities.

Rose and Monroe Lovinger’s multi-year pledge of $400,000 established the Monroe and Rose Lovinger Scholars Fund for students majoring in education, nursing, and health sciences. “We wanted to assist the people in New York who need the most help in obtaining an education,” Monroe explained. The Lovingers were true friends of Lehman and worked tirelessly on behalf of the College to build its resources. Lehman recognized the Lovingers' commitment to the College by renaming its 500-seat theatre the Monroe and Rose Lovinger Theater in honor of their generosity.

Major gifts continue to support Lehman students, faculty, academic programs, and community outreach.

Support for Students

  • The LCU Foundation has helped women at Lehman who are in need of emergency housing with grants totaling $300,000.
  • Lehman alumnus Candido Maldonado (’79) made a bequest of $141,600 to establish a scholarship for students majoring in history, in honor of Distinguished Professor of History Joseph Dauben.
  • Professor Emerita of Anthropology Lucie Saunders also made a bequest of $100,000 to endow scholarships for students majoring in anthropology, chemistry, and biology.
  • The St. George's Society has established a scholarship fund for students from British Commonwealth nations with gifts totaling nearly $145,000.
  • Dr. Alice Griffin, retired Professor Emerita of English at Lehman, made a $100,000 gift to fund scholarships for graduate study in English.
  • Two Lehman alumni established $10,000 charitable gift annuities, the first gifts of this kind both at Lehman and in the CUNY system.

Support for Faculty Research

  • A grant of over $260,000 from the Wildlife Conservation Society supported the evaluation of local Bronx River ecology and the production of a field guide for researchers.
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors provided $100,000 to the Lehman College Department of Nursing for programs to expand diversity in the workforce.

Support for Academic Programs

  • Teach For America has supported the Division of Education with grants totaling over $450,000.
  • $200,000 from the PepsiCo Foundation has established a Business for the Liberal Arts Program at Lehman.
  • Private funding of $101,500 granted through New York Community Trust has supported the Division of Education, as well as student study-abroad scholarships.
  • Maxene Posman donated $45,200 to create a Speech and Hearing Library.

Support for Community Outreach

  • A $77,000 grant from the H. van Ameringen Foundation supported Dr. Annecy Baez’s work in depression awareness and treatment.
  • The Lumina Foundation’s grant of $75,000 supported adult education and special services.
  • $100,000 from HealthPro Nursing Solutions, LLC supported the Korean Nurses Program. A partnership with Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, this program allows visiting Korean nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree at Lehman.
  • Projected Goal for 2015:
    $50 Million
  • Total Philanthropic Support Raised through June 30, 2015 in cash and pledges: $66,198,282