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Arts at IU Southeast receive generous boost from alumni donors

NEW ALBANY, IN, (May 30, 2013) – Indiana University Southeast announced yesterday a $655,000 gift to benefit the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center on campus.

The generous gift will go to the Ogle Center Endowment Fund which helps support the Ogle Center’s production of cultural and educational programs and also enables the Center to subsidize ticket prices ensuring performances remain affordable and accessible for the community.

The Stieflers’ contribution helps IU Southeast in its goal of raising $1 million toward the Ogle Center Endowment. If the University can reach the $1 million mark, the Paul Ogle Foundation has offered to contribute an addition $250,000.

From left, Millicent Stiefler, Norman Stiefler, Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-Randles, Interim Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Community Relations Jerry Wayne, and Development Officer Kirk Randolph

From left, Millicent Stiefler, Norman Stiefler, Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-Randles, Interim Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Community Relations Jerry Wayne, and Development Officer Kirk Randolph

Pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees, the Ogle Center Recital Hall will be renamed the Millicent and Norman Stiefler Recital Hall in appreciation of their support. The IU Foundation, the fundraising and investment management organization serving the university, will administer and invest the gift. 

“We truly appreciate the Stieflers’ multiple contributions to IU Southeast and their generosity to our campus,” said Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-Randles. “We are proud to name this the Millicent and Norman Stiefler Recital Hall.”

The gift was announced Wednesday, May 29th, at a reception honoring the Stieflers at IU Southeast. The Stieflers are both IU alumni who have shown unwavering support to IU Southeast. They previously established two student scholarships in honor of Norman Stiefler’s late parents.

The Dr. David N. Stiefler Scholarship is geared to students in the Schools of Natural Science or Nursing who are interested in pre-dental, pre-medical, or nursing and the Carolyn R. Stiefler Scholarship is geared to students in the School of Business who are interested in entrepreneurship.

In addition to their gift to the Ogle Center Endowment Fund, the Stieflers also are continuing their support of the arts by establishing the Sherri L. Stiefler Scholarship in honor of Norman Stiefler’s late sister. Sherri Stiefler was an education student at IU and a passionate musician. The Sherri L. Stiefler Scholarship will support students studying music.

“My parents and my sister, there were two things that they taught me that both Millicent and I have much appreciated,” Norman Stiefler said at the event. “One is the importance of education and the other is that, if you can, you help where you can. So we wanted to be able to give this small gift to this wonderful school and these wonderful people.”

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