Caring for Cambodia (CFC), a non-governmental organization founded by Jamie and William Amelio ’79 ’08H ’18P in 2003, supports more than 6,600 children through innovative educational programs. CFC began a partnership with Lehigh’s College of Education (COE) in 2010 through the Amelio Foundation/AYCO Charitable Foundation. This partnership allows students across the university to engage in ongoing research studies, participate in program evaluations, and conduct fieldwork at CFC schools.
More than 150 Lehigh students have traveled to Cambodia to work on projects at CFC schools. This collaboration provides students with global experiences, while at the same time it supports the growth and development of CFC schools as they continue to set the gold standard for education in Cambodia. As part of the partnership, Sothy Eng was hired as a COE professor of practice in international education and development. Jamie and Bill’s generosity also supports Whitney Szmodis, a Lehigh research scientist whose work involves data collection and program implementation for CFC.
In recognition of the long and generous support of the Loewy Family Foundation and the significant contributions of Ludwig and Erwin Loewy to the field of materials science and engineering, the Institute for Metal Forming was rededicated as the Loewy Institute in April.
According to Wojciech Misiolek, director of the Loewy Institute and Loewy Chair in Materials Forming and Processing, the Loewy Family Foundation has supported teaching and research at Lehigh since 1993. The foundation’s generosity has benefited countless students and faculty members while enabling them to build networks of collaboration with peers in Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.
The Loewy Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Loewy Visiting Professorship enable as many as half a dozen scholars to conduct research at Lehigh each academic year. The foundation also endows the Loewy Laboratory Equipment Fund and General Fund.
“The renewal of the Loewy family’s support will enable the research institute to continue expanding its research into newer areas such as biomaterials, medical devices, structure materials, and 3D printing,” said Misiolek.
Fellowships enable graduate students to work alongside faculty, mentor undergraduates, and contribute their talents to advancing an intellectual goal. Sharon and James Maida ’85 ’17P ’19P created an endowed Data X graduate fellowship to support graduate students researching computer science and data analytics with a variety of multi-discipline fields. Lehigh’s Data X Initiative is providing the opportunity for students to be at the forefront of this technology, regardless of major, and to become skilled professionals in these areas.
Lehigh 2016 Mountaintop students held an open house in July and shared their project ideas, challenges, and progress with guests. Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and members of the community visited Bays C2 and C3 to learn more about these innovative ideas. Carole and Arthur Anderman ’56 (at right) spoke with the Aging and Technology project group about developing technologies for an age-friendly community that take into consideration social and medical factors. The Andermans, who support the Mountaintop initiative, traveled from Connecticut to attend the event. Stacy and John Bolduc ’86 also value the transformative power of student-driven research. They also contributed a generous leadership gift to move this intensive real-world learning incubator forward.
The W.M. Keck Foundation funds innovative high-risk science and engineering research with the potential for transformative impact. Martin Harmer, Alcoa Foundation Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Faculty Advisor for Engineering Research Initiatives, received Lehigh’s first Keck research grant for $1 million. Harmer and his team are studying the mechanisms that govern newly-discovered anti-thermal characteristics in materials. The project could revolutionize scientists’ basic understanding of thermal processes and inform the development of new materials that withstand higher temperatures.
Benefactors who create endowed scholarships are ensuring that talented students who have financial obstacles have the opportunity to obtain an outstanding Lehigh education. Through gifts, commitments, or estate planning, we thank the following alumni and friends who have recently made leadership gifts to an existing scholarship fund or have created a new one.
The late Elmer C. Easton ’31 ’33G ’65H
Patricia and Armand Fernandes, Jr. ’61 ’87P ’89P ’95P ’98P
Julie and Jordan Hitch ’88 ’20P
Geraldine and Norman J. Merksamer ’52 ’84P
Gretchen Miller ’90P
With great respect, understanding, and appreciation for both the students and the mission of the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, Jeff Vosburgh ’70 recently provided additional generous support for students participating in the LaunchBayC program. A signature immersion experience for entrepreneurial-minded students, the program gives participants the opportunity to develop their ideas into products or companies that can make a difference.
Thanks to the support of The Kern Family Foundation, the university was awarded an institutional grant to implement entrepreneurial-minded learning (EML) in curriculum and student activities. The funding supports a team of faculty and students who are developing EML “active learning” modules for existing Lehigh undergraduate engineering courses. Lehigh intends to offer modules during all four years of engineering study that complement traditional core and elective courses.
Lehigh wrestling legend Michael Caruso ’67 made a gift to benefit the wrestling program in honor of his 50th Reunion. As an undergraduate, Caruso was a three-time NCAA wrestling champion and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991.
Katherine L. Chen ’80G established the John C. Chen Endowed Fellowship in Chemical Engineering in honor of her late husband, John C. Chen. John was a beloved chemical engineering faculty member, department chair, college dean, and researcher during his more than 40 years at Lehigh. The endowment will help Ph.D. candidates in the fields of mass transfer, heat transfer, or fluid mechanics reach their educational goals.
Unrestricted gifts to Lehigh University are used where they are needed most and for unexpected opportunities. Vince R. Volpe, Jr. ’80 ’81 provided an unrestricted leadership gift to the Lehigh Fund to help enhance the student experience through academic, athletic, and student-life programs.
Deborah and Alfred Barcan ’53 donated more than 1,000 rare books to Lehigh University to be used to benefit scholars and as a teaching tool. The collection is mostly from the Victorian era and heavily influenced by the golden age of British book illustration. Many are pristine, first-edition volumes from authors including Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and A.A. Milne.
Linda Huber ’80 provided leadership support to launch Lehigh’s Summer Business Institute program partnering with the nationally recognized LEADership, Education, and Development program. Rising high school seniors throughout the country from diverse backgrounds spent three weeks at Lehigh engaged in classroom teaching and leadership and teamwork exercises to inspire them to study business in college. Huber, executive vice president and CFO of Moody’s Corporation, also hosted a field trip for the students to visit the corporation in New York City and meet with her and other employees who were Lehigh alumni.