The E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the OSU Foundation. Denver Pugh, President of the Board, welcomed twenty-six attendees. Board members in attendance are shown in the picture below.
The full list of Board Members and their contact information can be found in attachment 1. Our 2018-2019 Annual Report can be found in Attachment 2. There were 26 Friends and Alumni participating in the annual Business meeting. The Board officers assuming responsibilities for 2019-2020 are Lou Ann Wolfe, President Elect; Karen Withers, President; and Denver Pugh, Past-President.
Dean Alan Sams provided his reflection on his first year at Oregon State University and shared his view looking forward. He expressed appreciation to the ER Jackman Friends and Alumni for their generosity in supporting the students studying within the College of Agricultural Sciences. Jackie Thorsness, Chief Financial Officer, provided an overview of the final accounting for FY 2019. As of June 30, 2019, the value of the ER Jackman Endowment Funds was $ 2,413,818 with total holdings of $ 2,587,573. Roughly $ 112,000 of our income was directed to support students.
Penny Diebel, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, summarized up the major ways in which our funds were expended in “E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni Highlights”. In the CAS Beginning Researcher Program, $ 13,250 was awarded to 11 faculty across 9 departments to support students. Ten students across 7 majors received $ 20,000 in Scholarships; eighteen students across 6 majors received $ 19,200 for domestic and international internships. International internships also receive support from the College’s Global Experience Fund that our Board partnered with to create. In May, $ 42,000 in funding for 21 club, including the ambassadors, was awarded for 2019-2020. Additional support went to the CAS Student Showcase and Career Fair and to assist CAS students in the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. At the request of our Board, Dr. Diebel provided a “Proposal for new or additional ER Jackman Funds to support College of Agricultural Sciences Student Engagement”; one goal is to increase the amount of funds available for the Beginning Researcher Program to increase the size of the awards. Another request is to provide funds for undergraduate participation in professional meetings. Another need is for Financial Hardship Grants to help fill emergency needs for students that are within two terms of completion; these would be awarded through a careful vetting process.
Nine students made presentations to the attendees; we had representatives from the CAS Ambassadors, Domestic Internships, Beginning Researchers, Scholarships and two student clubs (TEAM Tox and the Food and Fermentation Club).
The annual meeting concluded with a celebration of the Global Experiences available within the college; Dr. Hiram Larew was acknowledged for his role in creating the Global Experience fund which E.R. Jackman helped to establish. Since 2013, the fund has provided over $ 40,000 to support thirty-four student experiences with awards ranging from $ 200-$ 2000. Two students presented on their international experiences including an international internship.
Following the meeting, a reception was held to honor the donors and student participants. Four students presented posters; one on an International Internship and three Beginning Researcher projects.
Stella Melugin Coakley,
Mary Anne Cooper,
Lou Ann Wolfe,