Gifts to the School of Communication

Gifts to the School of Communication

Gifts to the School of Communication


Hundreds of individuals have given generously to the School of Communication. Several of these donors have established endowments to support School activities, faculty research and teaching, and student scholarships and travel.

Here are descriptions of the several ways that you too can offer support.

Leadership 100:

A leadership gift of $1000 helps to support many activities in the School. We use this fund to support outreach activities, to fund graduate student travel to conferences, to purchase equipment we otherwise cannot fund, to bring in renowned speakers, and to support many more activities to enrich the experiences of our students and faculty and to showcase the excellence of the School of Communication. At the time of this writing 85 individuals have committed to a leadership gift of $1000. Our goal is to find the last 15 donors to complete the Leadership 100. All donors will be recognized on the Wall of Thanks in the Clifford Center.

If you would like to join these 85 alumni, emeriti faculty and current faculty members, please donate here.  

NOTE: A gift to the Leadership 100 fund can be made over time in monthly or yearly increments. In other words, the $1000 can be paid over time at a rate that is comfortable for your budget.

Anne E. Linsdau Presidential Scholar Fund:

Each year the Faculty Senate and the Office of the President sponsor the Presidential Scholar awards. Each department selects its top senior student as a recipient of this award. All recipients are honored at an all-university event where their accomplishments are recognized. Anne Linsdau, an alumnus and member of the School of Communication External Advisory Board, has established this endowment to fund a monetary award for the School of Communication recipient. In addition, because the School of Communication is the largest department at the university and we have so many outstanding students, it is difficult to choose just one recipient. So, we also name several School scholars. These School scholars also receive a monetary award.

If you wish to assist us with honoring all these students, donate to the Anne Linsdau Presidential Scholar Fund here.  

George and Louise Robeck School of Communication Enhancement Endowment:

Dr. George Robeck was a long time faculty member in the School of Communication. He joined the faculty at WMU in 1968 and retired in December of 2002. While at WMU, he developed and taught courses in interpersonal communication, media studies, public relations, and nonverbal communication at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Upon his retirement from Western Dr. George and Mrs. Louise Robeck gifted the School of Communication with an endowment of $100,000. The Robecks’ endowment supports faculty teaching, research, and service activities such as expenses related to new course development, the purchase of research tools and equipment, and travel to professional conferences.  The need for such funding support increases each year as our outstanding faculty pursue innovations in teaching and research.

If you would like to join the Robecks in these efforts to assist the research and teaching efforts of School of Communication faculty donate to this endowment here.

The Gerard W.J. and Madeline Tremblay Endowed Scholarship

Established by Christopher Tremblay who received both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the School, this scholarship is named for his parents and honors their support of his endeavors throughout his educational career. After several years at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Christopher has returned to WMU as our Associate Provost of Enrollment Management.  

The purpose of this scholarship is to support undergraduate majors in the School of Communication. The scholarship reflects Christopher’s commitment to undergraduate education at WMU. If you would like to assist the growth of this scholarship fund please donate here.

Jack Clifford Media Center Endowed Fund:
Jack Clifford, a proud WMU alumnus and the founder of The Food Network and other media businesses, has been very generous to the School of Communication. One of our initial major donors, jack provided substantial support for The Clifford Media Center in Brown Hall. The Clifford Center honors his contributions and his vision. Contributions to this endowed fund support the goals of the center: to provide first rate media education opportunities for School of Communication students and to collaborate with and engage community partners in projects that advance the community and university.

To join the School of Communication in supporting the Clifford Media Center, please click here

School Director’s Endowed Fund – This fund was established through the generosity of Dr. Steve Rhodes, Professor and Director Emeritus, and his spouse Ann Rhodes in collaboration with Randall and Lisa Doran, WMU alumni.  Funds generated by this endowment are used at the discretion of the Director of the School of Communication in consultation with the School's Executive Committee to meet the goals of the School as they relate to promoting, enhancing, & improving the School for both faculty and students.

To join the Rhodes and Dorans in supporting the Director’s Fund, click here.

Journalism Program – This fund supports activities specifically related to our journalism program faculty and students. These activities include supporting faculty skill development via workshop attendance and providing students with funds to travel to journalism conferences and workshops, and other activities that ensure our students are ready for the rapidly-evolving media environment.

To support the Journalism Program, click here.

Jules Rossman Scholarship:

Dr. Jules Rossman joined the WMU faculty in the then Department of Speech in 1966. Across his long career at WMU, Dr. Rossman taught seventeen different graduate and undergraduate communication courses including seven that he introduced himself.  He also served as a faculty advisor to WIDR(FM) for thirteen years and was instrumental in the founding of the WIDR Alumni Association.  At his retirement celebration the WIDR alumni group announced this endowed scholarship in his honor. Today this fund supports at least one scholarship annually that is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who has had a minimum of two semesters work experience at WIDR.

If you would like to help increase the number of Rossman scholarships available each year, click here.

Paul and Julie Yelsma Scholarship

Dr. Paul Yelsma served as a faculty member in the School for nearly 32 years.  During his career, Dr. Yelsma taught well over 9,000 students, and facilitated those students in more than 600 student groups "solving problems" both off campus and on campus.  At his retirement reception, Dr. Yelsma expressed his gratitude for the wonderful experiences he had with his students throughout the years.  To coincide with his retirement, Dr. Yelsma and his spouse Julie established an endowed undergraduate scholarship. To be awarded annually, this scholarship will recognize a student who demonstrates academic promise in the area of small group, family, or interpersonal communication.  

To join the Yelsmas in their wish to support undergraduate education in communication click here.

Peter and Laurel Northouse Endowed Leadership Scholarship:

In 2010 Dr. Peter Northouse, and his spouse, Dr. Laurel Northouse provided a generous gift to initiate the Peter and Laurel Northouse Endowed Leadership Scholarship Fund. Sage Publications matched this gift in acknowledgement of Dr. Peter Northouse’s nationally and internationally recognized books on the study and practice of leadership. The purpose of the fund is to support several annual scholarships for undergraduate students who exhibit good citizenship in the classroom through their participation, community mindedness in class, and their general contributions to the well being and learning environment in the classroom.

The Northouses and Sage have continued to support this scholarship fund since its establishment. If you would like to help grow this endowed fund, make a contribution here.

Roslyn Abrams Endowed Scholarship in Communication:

A 1999 graduate of WMU, Roslyn “Roz” Abrams has a very successful radio broadcasting career on the east coast. Grateful for her educational experiences at WMU, Roz gave back to the School by founding a scholarship that assists undergraduate students majoring in communication who have overcome obstacles or who are first generation college students. To date this is the only application scholarship in the School and the only scholarship that considers financial need as a selection criterion

To help grow this scholarship fund that provides much needed financial assistance to undergraduate students, please click here

WMU School of Communication:

A gift to this fund is a donation to the general endowment for the School. This fund is unrestricted and expenditures from the fund are at the discretion of the School Director with the advice of the School Executive Committee. This discretionary fund is very helpful for supporting a myriad of student and faculty needs and activities in the School. Such funds provide the opportunity to “fill in the gaps” where other funds may not be available or may be tied to the specific goals outlined in the previous descriptions.

If your interest is in supporting the School of Communication in achieving its diverse goals, please click here.


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