Marquette University Gets $1 Million From Alumnus

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MILWAUKEE (UPI) — Marquette University in Wisconsin was given $1 million posthumously by an alumnus whose daughters and son also graduated from the school.

School President Scott Pilarz announced the donation, to go toward merit-based awards and annual support for professional faculty and staff development, from the estate of Robert Olson, a Davenport, Iowa, man who left his daughters Peg and Jane and son Steve in charge of directing his endowment, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday.

“This generous contribution from a legacy family will allow us to continue a larger drive for new excellence at Marquette University,” Pilarz said. “This gift offers an incredible opportunity for future generations of Marquette students to begin their own legacies by sharing their talents, dreams and hopes for the future.”

The two daughters and son evenly divided the money among their areas of interest; communication, physical therapy and student leadership.Students help principal finish marathonFriday, April 19, 2013 1:51 PMTROY, Mich., April 19 (UPI) —  A Michigan principal whose Boston Marathon run was interrupted by the bombing was able to cross a finish line days later with the help of her students.

Pam Mathers, 62, principal of Hamilton Elementary School in Troy, said she was 25.79 miles into the 26.2-mile marathon when the bombs went off and prevented her from finishing the race Monday, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday.

However, Mathers was able to cross a strip of blue paper marked “2013 Boston Marathon” and was handed a plastic medal by her students Wednesday in the school’s library.

“Boys and girls, you are a beautiful sight to see,” she said. “Now, to be home, to be safe, and to see all of your faces is just such an inspiration to me, that you know what, I may not have gotten the medal, but boy I have gotten many, many rewards from you, and thank you. You — all of you — are my medal.”

Students and teachers said they were happy to help Mathers.

“I’m so proud of Dr. Mathers, and I’m so happy that she’s safe,” said fourth-grader Nicolette Simmons, 9. “I was pretty sad because I knew that she worked so hard for it, and I knew she wanted to finish so badly. So I’m happy she could finish here.”

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