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Our Donor’s Stories
Put the words “Russian” and “dance” in a sentence together, and you might picture Mikhail Baryshnikov or Anna Pavlova soaring through the air to a Tchaikovsky score. But Professor Emeritus Michael Brin’s recent gifts to Russian studies and the dance program honor a different legacy: one left by his mother, Maya Brin.
Baltimore holds special meaning for lifelong residents Arnold I. ’69 and Alison L. Richman ’69, and they want others from their hometown to thrive. The couple, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, turned that motivation into a substantial contribution to the University of Maryland’s Incentive Awards Program (IAP), which supports students who graduated from Baltimore City and Prince George’s County high schools and demonstrate academic ability and persistence despite difficult circumstances.
Cooking demonstrations featuring tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes. Bins of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Cases full of milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs. Thanks to new gifts totaling $600,000—an anonymous $500,000 gift and $100,000 from umd parents Troy and Danielle Gregory—the university’s Campus Pantry, which provides sustenance to food-insecure members of the umd community, will soon expand to significantly increase its impact on students, faculty and staff.
A professor in Maryland's School of Public Health has made a $1.15 million gift to support its Global Health Initiative, hoping that student experiences abroad will “supercharge” the school’s burgeoning international service, research and education opportunities. The Pamela I. Clark Global Health Student Experience Endowment and Current-Use Fund will support students in Public Health Without Borders, as well as others who pursue international research, service and educational travel opportunities.
Mindy Shapiro ’82 was a trailblazer in women’s studies at Maryland, earning the first undergraduate degree in the field, back when Maryland’s department was a young program. Today, the self-described Jewish feminist and nonprofit leader is behind another milestone, making a $60,000 gift to create the first merit-based undergraduate scholarship in the Department of Women’s Studies.