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Cindy Menches and Awan Hanna

Fellowship key for student in construction and engineering program

Graduate student Cindy Menches (left in photo) stands in front of the newly constructed Wisconsin Heart Hospital in Wauwatosa with Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Awad Hanna. Menches, with 13 years of experience in the construction industry, is pursuing her doctorate in construction and engineering management, and was recruited to the College of Engineering by Hanna. Menches is attending the college on a fellowship established by M.A. Mortenson Company, the primary contractor for the Wisconsin Heart Hospital. The M.A. Mortenson Company Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Fund is a permanent endowment that will support students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Construction and Engineering Management program. M.A. Mortenson has long recruited the department's construction and engineering management graduates; some 50 graduates of the program currently work for the company. Hanna said it is through such fellowships that the department is able to recruit top students like Menches to its programs.

UNIVERSITIES CONTINUE to rely on the generous support of their alumni and friends to achieve excellence in academics, research and outreach.

To that end, the University of Wisconsin Foundation has launched a major private development drive — Create The Future: The Wisconsin Campaign — to continue the advancement of UW-Madison as one of the world's leading universities.

The College of Engineering is an important partner of this campaign. Achieving the goals and objectives of the college's strategic plan will depend, in part, on our ability to increase philanthropic support from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations. The college has established several development priorities to provide resources for the recruitment and retention of outstanding students and faculty, for construction and improvement of facilities, and for increasing research and collaboration with industry to accelerate economic growth.

The college has long been known for its excellence in teaching, research and outreach. It continues to attract the nation's leading teachers, researchers and students, and compete successfully with other leading engineering colleges.

Philanthropic gifts help the college recruit top students by providing undergraduate student scholarships and graduate student fellowships. They help attract and retain top researchers and teachers through endowed professor ships. They help equip our laboratories and classrooms with the latest tools to tackle engineering and scientific challenges.

By giving so generously, our alumni and friends demonstrate their trust in the college to be a good steward of their gifts. We in turn pledge to honor those gifts by utilizing them in a way that continues the excellence which the College of Engineering continues to foster. Thank you for helping to ensure the college's bright and successful future.

Lance Cavanaugh
Senior Director of Development
UW Foundation

P. O. Box 8860
Madison, WI 53708

Tel: 608/263-4545
Fax: 608/263-0781

Deb Holt,, 608/263-0779
Carrie McGinley,, 608/263-5129

CREATE THE FUTURE: The Wisconsin Campaign

Priorities for the College of Engineering (COE)

STUDENTS $30,000,000
  • Graduate Student Fellowships
  • Undergraduate Student Scholarships
  • Women and Minorities in Engineering
  • Student Activities, Awards, Prizes
FACULTY $30,000,000
  • Endowed Chairs
  • Endowed Professorships
  • Faculty Recruitment and Development
  • Program Enrichment and Enhancement
  • Consortia and Centers
  • COE Fund For Excellence (Unrestricted)
  • Business For Engineers
FACILITIES $25,000,000
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Building
  • Student Learning Center
  • Engineering Campus Aesthetic Improvements
  • Other
TOTAL 150,000,000

2002 Sources of Gifts

Alumni and Other Individuals 51%
Corporations 33%
Foundations and Trusts 13%
Employer Matching Gifts 3%

2002 Designated Uses of Gifts

Departments and Programs 45%
Buildings 11%
Scholarships 22%
Faculty Chairs and Professorships 21%

College of Engineering Contributions 1997-2002



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