$5M gift will transform liberal arts at UIndy

$5M gift will transform liberal arts at UIndy

A $5 million endowment from local civic leader and philanthropist Yvonne Shaheen will fuel innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences at UIndy, creating a pivotal opportunity to cultivate the liberal arts as the foundation for students’ professional and personal development.

Shaheen is vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, which she joined in 1992. In recognition of her generosity as well as her ongoing leadership and advocacy, the college is being named the Riad and Yvonne Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, honoring both her and her late husband.

The new funding will support a broad range of programs and activities including scholarships, faculty development, interdisciplinary initiatives and opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate on research. It also will bring important national and international figures to campus for lectures, performances and other events consistent with the mission and values of the College and the University.

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