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June 06, 2016

Gifts Roundup: $10 Million for University of La Verne, $9 Million for Rose-Hulman Institute

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

An artist’s rendering of the expanded student center at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The institute received $9 million from medical-technology executive Michael Mussallem and his wife, Linda, to renovate the center.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

University of La Verne

Anthony LaFetra gave $10 million to establish the LaFetra College of Education at the university, a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution.

The money will back scholarships, cultural-competence and technology training for faculty, counseling and bilingual education for children and families of migrant workers, and other programs.

Mr. LaFetra is the chief executive of Rain Bird, a maker and provider of irrigation products and services. He serves on La Verne’s Board of Trustees and has family ties to the university: His mother was a trustee for 16 years and his sister, Sarah Ludwick, is an alumna. In 2005, he endowed a professorship in the former College of Education and Organizational Leadership.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Michael Mussallem and his wife, Linda, donated $9 million toward expanding and renovating the campus student center.

Mr. Mussallem earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the institute in 1974. He is chief executive of Edwards Lifesciences, a medical-technology company that specializes in developing heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring systems.

Temple University

Leonard Barrack, a founding partner of the law firm Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, and his wife, Lynne, gave $5 million to the President’s Strategic Fund at the university to create a scholarship program for law students. The program will be named for the couple.

Mr. Barrack earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Temple in 1965 and 1968, respectively, and has served as a trustee since 2001. Ms. Barrack graduated from the university in 1968.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Clyde and Helen Wu left $2.9 million to the orchestra for music-education programs in the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement. The academy includes the DSO Civic Youth Orchestra, Civic Jazz Ensembles, and other groups of young musicians.

Dr. Wu was a cardiologist and associate clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University. Ms. Wu was a trained pianist. They died last year, three months apart. They had previously given the orchestra gifts totaling more than $1 million.

Florida International University

Rose Ellen Greene gave $2 million to support Education Effect, a partnership between the university and Miami-Dade County Public Schools aimed at improving student achievement. The gift will allow the program to expand into Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.

Ms. Greene is a philanthropist who learned about the program while volunteering at the Jesse J. McCrary Jr. Elementary School. She is the widow of Gerald Greene, a Miami-area stockbroker who died in 2014.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.

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