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Carol Ravenal and Nick Schmalz at the Scholarship Luncheon, photo by Jeff Watts.

Art Professor Establishes Award for Students to Travel, Explore

To Carol Bird Ravenal, PhD, travel and study are intertwined. A professor emerita of art at the College of Arts and Sciences, she attributes her painting success to a college trip to Scandinavia and wanted to give art students the same opportunity.

Richard Hocker.

Alumnus Support Helps Business Students Succeed

Richard Hocker, KSB/BS ’68, KSB/MBA ’70, believes in the power of education to transform lives. The founder and chief investment officer of PENN Capital Management has made generous donations to two educational institutions that helped shape his life

Mark and Terri Laks

Alumni Couple Makes AU a Family Tradition

On weekends, you can always find season ticket holders Mark CAS/BA ’76 and Terri Laks CAS/BS ’81 in the bleachers at Bender for home games, cheering on the Eagles; Mark and Terri are generous AU supporters.

Shelley Brodecki

AU Parent Supports the Arts While Supporting AU

“Volunteering at AU was a great way for me to be involved in the life of the university without being involved in my daughter’s life at the university,” says Shelley Brodecki, mother of Ariella Brodecki, CAS/BA '08.