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Giving to the Department

Charitable gifts to the department have played an important role in creating and maintaining excellence in the classroom, lab, and field. Many generous friends of the department have helped in the past to establish endowments to honor their colleagues. We continue to depend on friends and alumni for their support.

Current Endowments and Stewardship Opportunities

L. EARL AND VERONICA CASIDA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN PLANT PATHOLOGY
This scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the Plant Pathology graduate program in the College of Agricultural Sciences who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

HERBERT COLE JR. FUND FOR PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
Dr. Herbert Cole Jr. received a B.S. (1954), M.S. (1955), and Ph.D. (1957) in Plant Pathology from Penn State University. He began his professional career with Penn State in 1954 and continued to serve the university until his 2005 retirement, including seven years as head of the Department of Plant Pathology. In honor of his retirement, this endowment supports the professional development of graduate students and faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology by providing educational opportunities to better understand cultural, economic, and management problems associated with agricultural systems and feeding the world population for the future.

FOUNDATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION ENDOWMENT IN PLANT PATHOLOGY
This community-built research endowment was established in 2016 by Dept. Head Dr. Carolee Bull and her husband Jean-Philippe Fillettaz to help to position the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology to strategically meet changing educational needs by developing novel undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training and research programs.

LEONARD J. FRANCL MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT IN PLANT PATHOLOGY
The Francl endowment was created to provide support for activities promoting the study of plant disease epidemiology. The endowment honors the memory of Dr. Leonard Francl, who served as head of the Department of Plant Pathology between 2002 and 2005.

ARTHUR GASPARI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for graduate students enrolled in Plant Pathology and interested in the mushroom industry as a career.

ALBERT HILDEBRANDT LIBRARY ENDOWMENT
The estate of Albert C. Hildebrandt (B.S. 1939, M.S. 1941) contained a generous gift to Penn State University for enhancement of the departmental library. With this endowment, renovations have been made to the departmental library. In addition, the department became partners in the Plant Management Network and partners with the Pennsylvania State University Libraries to purchase electronic subscriptions to journals used by the department.

LARRY J. JORDAN MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT
The Larry J. Jordan Memorial Endowment in Plant Pathology supports field research in plant pathology at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, located in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania.

ALAN A. MACNAB PLANT PATHOLOGY MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT
Established by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and through memorial gifts from friends of Alan A. MacNab, this endowment provides monies for vegetable research conducted by faculty and students in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

WILLIAM MERRILL JR. MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT
The Merrill Endowment was created to enhance teaching resources and/or student programs in the field of plant pathology. The endowment honors the memory of Dr. William Merrill, Jr. (1933 -2003), who served on the faculty from 1965 until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1999.

LAURENCE D. AND MARY ANN MOORE FACULTY AND STAFF AWARD IN PLANT PATHOLOGY
This award was established to recognize outstanding achievement by a faculty or staff member in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. Larry Moore received his Ph.D. from this department in 1965.

MUSHROOM INDUSTRY ENDOWMENT FOR PENN STATE
This fund was established by various mushroom industries to provide monies for research in the Penn State mushroom science program in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

RICHARD R. NELSON MEMORIAL LECTURES ENDOWMENT
Richard R. Nelson (1926-1991) joined the Penn State Plant Pathology faculty in 1966 and was named Evan Pugh Professor in 1974; he retired with emeritus rank in 1985. This annual memorial lecture series focuses on host-pathogen genetics.

LESTER P. NICHOLS MEMORIAL AWARD
Established in memory of Lester P. Nichols, Extension Plant Pathologist from 1948-1982, this award is given to a graduate degree candidate in plant pathology in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments.

PLANT PATHOLOGY GRADUATE STUDIES ENHANCEMENT FUND
This fund provides general support to enhance the graduate studies program in plant pathology.

HENRY W. POPP GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
This award was established by Mary Jean Popp Smeal and Frank P. Smeal in honor of Dr. Henry W. Popp, Class of 1917, who was a member of the faculty from 1920 until his retirement as head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology on July 1, 1958. The award supports outstanding graduate students in the departments of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Biology.

JAMES P. ROBERTS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by the L. F. Lambert Spawn Company and recognizes full-time undergraduate or graduate students in plant pathology who study mushroom science technology.

JAMES F. AND MARILYN L. TAMMEN MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PLANT PATHOLOGY
Dr. James F. Tammen was one of the founding members of the Department of Plant Pathology, serving as the first department head from 1963-1976. He strongly advocated student professional development through international experiences. Dr. Tammen passed away on July 27, 2010, at the age of 85. This endowment supports international education and research opportunities for faculty and students in the department.

JAMES OSCAR WATTS MEMORIAL POTATO RESEARCH ENDOWMENT FOR PLANT PATHOLOGY
This endowment provides funds for the Penn State Potato Research Program in the Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. This memorial was established by potato processors, growers, professional colleagues, and friends of Jim Watts to help continue his work and passion for better potatoes.

Creating a New Endowment

For those interested in creating a new endowment, options include: creating endowed faculty positions, which could help attract distinguished professors; enhancing existing endowments; or establishing new education, research, and extension programs.

There are many options available beyond a simple cash gift. For example, you may elect to give appreciated securities or create an estate gift. If you are considering a major gift in support of the department, please contact Dr. Carolee Bull, Department Head, or Mark Theiss, Director of Development for the College of Agricultural Sciences (814-863-1168; mjt118@psu.edu). They would be happy to discuss your interest in supporting the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.