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The University's campaign, "Together We Reach," reached the $1 billion mark as the academic year came to an end. The campaign goal is $1.2 billion and will surely be accomplished before the campaign's end sometime in 2013. The College of Social and Behavioral Science contributed to that total and made progress on a number of campaign objectives. Dean David Rudd's campaign objectives include increasing financial support for students and faculty through scholarships, fellowships, awards and endowed chairs; creating a Center for the Prevention of Distracted Driving; pursuing financial support for programs and research within the National Center for Veterans Studies; building a facility for an interdisciplinary Child and Family Development Center; and working with the Hinckley Institute to pursue funding for a student apartment building in Washington D.C.

Katz Gift Creates Political Science Chair

A planned gift from the Stan Katz estate has allowed the college to create the Dr. Francis D. Wormuth presidential endowed chair in political science. The college received $1.5 million of an eventual $2 million to create the chair. As a student at the U, Katz was particularly inspired by Dr. Wormuth in political science and Dr. Sterling M. McMurrin in philosophy and bequeathed enough money for chairs honoring each professor. Katz was a percussionist recruited by Maurice Abravanel to move from New York to Salt Lake City to play in the Utah Symphony who began taking classes at the U during that time. While he did not earn a degree Katz counted his education at the U as instrumental in helping him succeed in real estate. Katz retired at 50 years old and enjoyed a long and healthy retirement before slipping into ill-health in his 80s. He died on July 28, 2010 at 87 years old.

AAA Grant to Aid Center for Prevention of Distracted Driving

The College's Center for the Prevention of Distracted Driving, located within the psychology department and led by Professor David Strayer, received a $500,000 grant from the AAA Foundation. Both the center and AAA share a common purpose to make our roads safer by reducing driver distraction. The College hopes that the grant is the beginning of a long-term relationship with AAA.

Irv and Gloria Altman Complete Endowment

Dr. Irwin Altman, his wife Gloria and their family have completed the Irv Altman Outstanding Psychology Faculty Endowment. The family, and some of their friends and associates, has given a total of $130,000 to create an endowment that will honor a psychology faculty member annually for outstanding teaching and research. Irv is an emeritus faculty member who served as a department chair, a dean and a vice president at the U.

Oakley Gordon Endowment Completed

The Gordon Family has given over $100,000 to the college to establish an endowment in Oakley Gordon's name. Oakley was a psychology professor who became dean of the Divison of Continuing Education at the U. Under his leadership, continuing education blossomed serving the needs of non-traditional students. To honor Oakley's memory, the family has endowed a CSBS scholarship given annually to a student facing challenges getting an education and who doesn't fit the traditional mold. Funds Best Practices Conference

The National Center for Veterans Studies received a $75,000 gift from to hold a best practices conference in Washington D.C. Dean David Rudd will invite mental health experts across the country to come together and discuss best practices for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans. The event will also include a congressional briefing. 

Dumke's Give for Building Feasibility Study

The college recieves $50,000 from the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Foundation to complete a feasibility study for building a Child and Family Development Center. Dean David Rudd has included the colleges of education and health, along with CSBS, in determining the size, scope and purpose of the building which will house the pre-school and kindergarten currently located in the Alfred Emery Building. Fundraising for the facility study is completed this summer.

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Last Updated: 3/12/21