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February 10, 2011

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3% Decline in DePauw Charitable Contributions

The Indy Star recently published data from The Council for Aid to Education reflecting a three percent decline in charitable gifts to DePauw in 2010. DePauw totaled 13.9 million dollars in gifts. Executive Director of Development Jason Petrovich concluded that this decline is due to one or two big gifts received in 2009. Most of the charitable contributions go into one large account to fund the University. This money may go towards student scholarships, faculty support, or building renovations. Some donors prefer to specify a priority that they wish their donation to go towards. Petrovich credited President Casey as well as The Alumni Relations Division, who help to boost the work being done to increase capital gifts. The University is focusing on creating a positive atmosphere and providing motivation for alumni who may contribute in the future.

Greencastle Community School Corporation Board Meeting

Members of the Greencastle Community School Corporation Board of Trustees met on Wednesday evening at Ridpath Primary School to discuss school closings, finances, and energy efficiency. Board President Doctor Bruce Stinebrickner and the rest of the board welcomed their newest member Todd Sutherlin. Superintendent Doctor Robert Green reported that the unprecedented ice storm has interfered with the make-up schedule, and members debated utilizing President’s Day as a future make-up day. Dr. Green provided reassurance that if weather keeps calm, Greencastle schools are expected to end for summer recess on May 27th.

In addition, Dr. Green anticipates no major cuts to Greencastle staff and programs for the 2011-2012 school year. English teacher Mike Schimpf recognized that Greencastle community schools have currently saved almost a quarter of a million dollars in energy saving efforts and recently received a grant for the PutnamRISE program. All Greencastle residents 18 and older are encouraged to make a pledge to be more environmentally sound at Putnam rise-dot-org. The Greencastle School with the most pledges will receive an additional $5,000.

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