Legacy Fund in Mathematics Established to Support Innovative Student Experiences
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Jack Borgerding and Christine S. Fields

Jack Borgerding and Christine S. Fields

Franklin College has announced the establishment of a $100,000 endowed fund, the Legacy Fund in Mathematics, by lead donors Christine S. Fields and spouse Jack Borgerding. The fund was established by the couple to celebrate a century of combined teaching by three professors in the college’s mathematics department – Dwight F. Heath, Richard M. Park and G. Daniel Callon, a 1977 graduate of the college. The purpose of the endowed fund is to provide ongoing innovative and enriching experiences to benefit the college’s math students by developing the skills, interests and dispositions needed to continue that legacy.

The couple endowed the first $50,000 of the fund and other donors, including alumni and friends of the mathematics department, provided additional funding bringing the total endowment to $100,000. The annual proceeds will be used to support students’ engaged learning activities, including participation in undergraduate research, internships and professional conferences. Recipients will be selected by members of the mathematics department.

“The Legacy Fund in Mathematics will provide meaningful engaged learning opportunities, a cornerstone of the Franklin College curriculum, that are key in ensuring that our students graduate with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century workforce. Such opportunities also position our graduates for success in a variety of top-level graduate programs,” said Lori Schroeder, provost and dean of the college. “We are very grateful to Christi, Jack and all the other donors for their generosity in establishing this impactful endowment.”

“Jack and I are thrilled to support the mathematics department and its students, while also honoring the faculty who have made significant contributions to the college and its students,” said Fields. “The lives of these three professors, intertwined with the involvement of dedicated faculty and staff colleagues, students, alumni and other contributors, have created a culture that has influenced the professional and personal lives of thousands.”

Fields, retired from Eli Lilly and Company, is a 1974 graduate of the college and member of the board of trustees. She served as board chair from 2013 to 2018.

This is the third endowed fund recently established to celebrate and mark the 100 years of combined teaching by the three mathematics professors. The college announced the Dr. Gertrude J. Geraets Endowed Fund last July and The Roger F. Mock ’67 Endowed Memorial Math Scholarship in February.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Feb 19, 2019