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Pictured above: current Nichols students with alumnus Robert Kuppenheimer '69.
A group of student leaders at Nichols College gathered around Robert "Kuppy" Kuppenheimer '69 on March 22 for an informal talk focused on his days at Nichols, his notable career, and his philanthropic endeavors.
Kuppy credits Nichols for giving him the educational foundation to succeed. "It was astounding how well prepared I was as a professional," he told students. He referenced an accounting class taught by the late professor John Katori '55 which enabled him to distinguish himself at Paine Webber, where he began working as a sophomore. Kuppy is retiring this month as vice president/managing director of distribution development for Nuveen Investments following a 40-year career there.
The gathering was hosted by Erin Sheehan '17 and Chris Capuzzo '16, student representatives on the Campaign Steering Committee, who devised the idea of bringing one of the college's most successful and dedicated graduates to speak informally with students. "We all know of Kuppenheimer Hall on campus. This was our opportunity to meet 'the man behind the building,'" said Sheehan.
The diverse group of 14 students in attendance, representing the Emerging Leaders Program, student-athletes, and campus leaders, sought Kuppy's advice on finance careers, and graduate school. The students also learned about Kuppy's involvement as a trustee/alumnus on campus; from the renovation of the New Dorm dedicated to him in 1998, to all the other projects and events he hosts every year.
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An inspirational challenge
During the public phase of the Bicentennial Campaign, the college hopes to increase the number of endowed scholarships from 30 to at least 45. John Davis ’72, chairman of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of the campaign, has recently committed $1 million to scholarship, a portion of which will be used to inspire – and challenge – donors to reach our goal.
Here’s how it works: A commitment of at least $25,000 is needed to endow a scholarship. This can be paid all at once or over a maximum period of five years. Either way, the fund will not generate enough income to award that scholarship until about a year after the $25,000 is paid in full. So, in some cases, it could take five or six years. John Davis is challenging donors to commit to endowing a scholarship for at least $25,000 before the close of the campaign in June 2017. For each scholarship created, he will donate $10,000 to ensure that a $2,000 scholarship can be distributed to a deserving student in the donor’s name right away, for a maximum of five years or until the commitment is paid in full.
Contact Bill Pieczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-622-4766 to begin leaving your legacy with an endowed scholarship today.
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