• September

    Personally Invested: GPUS Alumnae Elevate the Endowment

    A gift from an alumnus or alumna to the University Liggett School endowment is an exceptionally personal gift – a commitment to ensuring a bright future for the school because he or she so greatly cherishes the past. We want to shine a light on two alumnae whose positive memories of lessons, moments and friendships from their years at our school have inspired remarkable recent commitments to our school’s endowment.

    Lore Moran Dodge, GPUS '68

    Everything we know about human behavior indicates that the family is where children learn the most about character, and through that lens it’s clear to see where the spirit of giving originated for Lore Dodge GPUS ’68.  Raised in a family that modeled philanthropy and leadership for many of metropolitan Detroit’s preeminent institutions – including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Historical Society and the Detroit Institute of Arts –  “giving back” is in her blood.
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  • Robert (Bob) G. Wood, GPUS '59GPUS Scholarship Fund

    Robert (Bob) Wood GPUS '59 spent more than 50 years on University Liggett School's campus as a student, teacher, beloved coach and visionary athletic director. To celebrate and honor his achievements, his son Doug '90 and daughter-in-law Beth '89 established the Robert G. Wood Endowed Scholarship. Each year, it provides a scholarship to an incoming ninth-grader who has an interest in athletics, gives back to the community and has a strong academic record.
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  • June

    Inspired Giving: Dr. Katharine Ogden Endowment Initiative

    At University Liggett School we know that giving is personal. Some of our alumni give to make a difference; others feel a sense of satisfaction or value by giving. You can give because you believe in a cause or just because it makes you feel good. Giving is a great way to honor a loved one, set an example for our students or to honor a teacher, a classmate, a friend, or someone you knew at University Liggett School - someone who influenced you while you were here and left an indelible impression on your life. Here, we feature some dedicated opportunities to give in honor of a beloved teacher, a beloved coach or a beloved classmate.

    Dr. Katharine Ogden Endowment Initiative

    Perhaps the most beloved member of The Liggett School faculty was the legendary Dr. Katharine Ogden whose 36 years as a stern, but loving headmistress positively influenced the lives of countless young women and defined the Liggett School experience.
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  • Dahling Family Challenge

    In memory of, Nena Cunningham Dahling CDS '50, and in recognition of our mutual deep appreciation for University Liggett School the Dahling boys - William '74, Richard '77 and Peter '85 - have launched the Dahling Family Challenge.

    The Dahling Family Challenge, which is funded with a bequest from Nena Dahling and support from William, Richard and Peter, seeks to raise money for three school priorities - opportunity, innovation and excellence — as supported by the Endowment Fund.
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  • March

    Spotlight on leadership: University Liggett School Board of Trustees Chair David Nicholson

    We asked David Nicholson to share what drives his service to the school and vision for its future.

    Of all the professional and volunteer interests and obligations competing for your time, why is involvement with and leading University Liggett School board a priority?
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  • Spotlight on students: 5s with Liggett Merit Scholars

    Our Liggett Merit Scholars are some of the brightest minds on campus, so we dug a little deeper to find out what they think.
    Kennedy Marshall ‘22
    Liggett Merit Scholar

    What are you passionate about, and how does University Liggett School allow you to explore that?
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  • Spotlight on students: 5s with Liggett Merit Scholars

    Our Liggett Merit Scholars are some of the brightest minds on campus, so we dug a little deeper to find out what they think.

    Taveon Colston ‘22
    Liggett Merit Scholar

    What are you passionate about, and how does University Liggett School allow you to explore that?
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  • Spotlight on giving: Dr. Karin Ryding

    "I get a lot of requests for alumni donations, having three degrees from three different institutions: my undergrad school (Middlebury), the university where I got my masters degree (the American University of Beirut), and the university where I got my Ph.D. (Georgetown). I appreciate the education I received at all those places, but I feel deeply attached to Liggett, because it is where I grew up, where I had the closest friends, and because as a scholar looking back, I profoundly appreciate the quality of the University Liggett School faculty as well as their personal care and guidance through the rough times of adolescence. I feel privileged to be able to give back to University Liggett School and her traditions, and to contribute to her future." -- Dr. Karin Christina Ryding, '60 LIG

    By including University Liggett School in your last will and testament, you are joining other generous alumni, parents and friends who are making an impact on the lives of others. Thoughtful estate planning helps to shape superior academic experiences, nurture outstanding teachers and enable talented and motivated students to attend the school.

    If you have added University Liggett School to your estate plan, or would consider doing so, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Cressie Boggs, Director of Development, with questions or for more information at cboggs@uls.org or (313) 884-4444, Ext. 413.
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  • February

    Innovation in Action - Makerspace director brings design thinking to Iceland

    Ready, set, make!

    This was the title of the session Nick Provenzano presented at a conference in Iceland in early November. The University Liggett School Makerspace director spent six days exploring the country and culture, visiting schools and attending Uts, an annual education conference.
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  • Excellence in Action – We shine a historical spotlight on Detroit and the Great Lakes region

    Since 2015,the social studies department has revitalized and localized the way history is taught at University Liggett School. Administrators and faculty were frustrated with the traditional approach to teaching history, which typically bounces around the country to famous places and events.The traditional approach to United States history usually ignores student passions, as well as connections between a students community and national trends over time.
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  • Paving the Future: Purchase your paver today!

    University Liggett School provides a special opportunity for alumni, friends and families.  You can purchase a brick paver for the new Boll Campus Center entrance courtyard and at the same time support the Sure Foundations campaign.
    The next installment of pavers will take place this Spring. Purchase your paver before April 15th to ensure that you make this round!

    Pavers come in two sizes:
    • 8” x 8” square bricks - $10,000: Contains space for up to 70 characters, 5 lines with 14 spaces per line. 

    • 4” x 8” rectangular bricks - $5,000: Contains space for up to 42 characters, 3 lines with 14 spaces per line. 

    For more information and to purchase a paver, visit www.uls.org/paverlegacy.  You can also contact Trisha Shapiro at 313.884.4444, ext. 411 or tshapiro@uls.org with questions or to purchase your paver.
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  • Opportunity in Action - Schaap Scholars connect with scholarship creator

    Since the first Schaap Scholarships were awarded in 2008, 35 eighth-grade students from Detroit Merit Charter Academy have had an opportunity to attend University Liggett School for four years.
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  • The X(ponential) Factor

    One of University Liggett School's most critical financial obligations is the execution of a spending policy that recognizes both our commitment to preserving and growing our endowment for the future, while maintaining spending levels for the here and now. We've made great strides in recent years toward building our endowment to a sustainable level and leveraging the fund.
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  • Focused on forever ... and a marshmallow or two

    By Kelley Hamilton, Associate Head of School for External Relations
    Why would I ever begin with a marshmallow reference? Because if one marshmallow is good, more marshmallows are great.

    Let me explain. You may be familiar with the infamous Marshmallow Experiment conducted in the '60s and '70s, but if not, a brief summary: Stanford researchers studying impulse control offered children a marshmallow.

    The researchers told the children that whoever didn’t eat his or her marshmallow during a short period when the researchers would leave the room, would be rewarded with another marshmallow when they returned. 

    Tracking the children through their lives, researchers found that those children who were able to delay gratification for a greater reward, performed better academically, socially, professionally and financially later in their lives.
    And at it’s most basic level, this is why University Liggett School created and works hard to grow its endowment. While taking great care to offer a premiere dynamic educational experience today, we must be as passionate about ensuring that experience is available well into future – outlasting even our personal connections with University Liggett School, for the greater good of the community and the world.
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