“I am proud to support the goals of the College, financially and personally.”
“The College of Engineering offered me exceptional opportunities to succeed; I want to give back so others can enjoy these opportunities as well.”
“My time at CoE was transformational. I am truly grateful that now I can help promote its on-going educational goals.”
These are just a sampling of the personal statements embodied in the College of Engineering’s virtual Leadership Wall, a commemorative structure whose physical realization was recently unveiled in the main hallway of the College of Engineering building, along with a virtual component.
“The virtual rendition of the Leadership Wall is totally unique,” points out Dean James M. Tien. “It permits current leadership donors to recognize the reasons for their support while allowing potential donors to understand the motivation and personal stories of existing donors. These personal statements are both informative and inspirational and underscore the value of and appreciation for the College’s vision of educating tomorrow’s technology leaders for career success.” The personal incentives for support are as diverse as the source of funds themselves: community leaders praising their academic mentors, corporations investing in new research areas, young alumni eager to promote the College’s reputation. As one donor commented “I am so pleased to be able to contribute to the College’s efforts in education and research and I personally feel privileged to be included on the Leadership Wall.” All personal statements can be viewed on the Virtual Wall, along with selected photographs and other biographical information.
Designed and executed by the College’s Prototyping Facility, the physical 7-panelled Leadership Wall honors all donors who have contributed or pledged a cumulative 5-figure or more amount to the College since the beginning of the Momentum2 campaign (in 2008).
Every donor is prominently recognized with an individual plaque on the Wall, indicating either a gift or pledge of $10,000, with higher “levels” of support indicated by an appropriate number of Sebastian icons. (For example, a 7-figure or 1M dollar plus gift is identified with 2 icons).
Since the Wall’s unveiling in April, 2013 during the College’s 65th anniversary celebration, plaques for more than 50 alumni, friends, and industry partners have been created, with additional donors being added continually.