I have been a part of University Advancement and the Fredonia College Foundation for two and a half years. Throughout that time, I have met with alumni all over the country. What I see and hear consistently from Fredonia alumni is a sense of pride and a feeling of satisfaction when they speak of their alma mater. That stated, some visits with alumni are more memorable than others, such as in the case of Richard and Arlene (West) LoGuidice '65. Exuberant would be a better description of our meeting.
Richard and Arlene have established the LoGuidice Scholarship Fund for students majoring in elementary education. Currently, they send an annual gift to the foundation, and in turn, we direct the funds to the School of Education.
During my first visit with the LoGuidices, Richard made the comment, "Fredonia is in our plans." Being the curious sort, I asked what he meant. He replied, "The notes that Arlene and I receive from the young men and women who have been granted our scholarship are just incredible. Knowing that we have had a positive impact on students' lives is a real source of joy. This has become so important to us that we never want to see the scholarship end; so we have created in our will a bequest ensuring that our scholarship will go on long after we are gone."
Richard and Arlene told me that the scholarship and bequest are ways of showing their appreciation and gratitude for their Fredonia experience. "If it were not for our education at Fredonia, we would never have been presented with such wonderful teaching opportunities and rewarding careers, "said Richard." By helping current students to fulfill their goals as teachers-in-training, we are reliving a most satisfying college experience-one that laid the foundation for many years of happiness."
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