Indiana State University has received a $2 million gift for its School of Music and Student Philanthropy Organization (SPO). The gift comes from Don Dudine, an ISU alumnus and past chair of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors.
The university says $1.5 million has been earmarked for the Don Dudine School of Music Endowed Fund, which aims to provide assistance for music students in recruitment trips to high schools as part of their annual performance schedules.
The gift will also support students who are not music majors but wish to participate in the university’s marching band.
“Don Dudine has been a tremendous supporter and booster of our band programs and School of Music not only with this and other financial gifts he’s generously given, but as a true friend to our students and faculty,” Ted Piechocinski, director of the School of Music, said in written remarks. “His training and experiences at ISU obviously prepared him for not only his success as an Indiana music educator, but as a creative and very successful business entrepreneur.
The remaining $500,000 will establish the Don Dudine ISU Student Philanthropy Initiatives Endowed Fund. ISU says the funding will provide operational and programmatic support for the SPO, which seeks to promote the importance of giving back to students.
“Each individual has their own passion for giving back to Indiana State University, now and in the future,” Dudine said. “For me personally, there are three: the quality students graduating from ISU who meet the needs of communities in Indiana, my witnessing of the ISU Foundation to carry out each donor’s wishes, and the university’s commitment to seeing that deserving students get the help they need to graduate.”
ISU President Deborah Curtis said Dudine’s generosity will impact ISU students for generations to come.