12/20/10

Goldman Sachs Gives


Goldman Sachs Gives recently donated $2 million to assist Carnegie Mellon students whose families have been disproportionately affected by America’s economic recession.

This gift came at the recommendation of Paul Russo (S’86), managing director of Goldman Sachs. It will be used for scholarships based on financial need and academic performance beginning this semester.

“It doesn’t take much to figure out there are a lot of families in pain around the country,” said Russo.

He and his wife, Allison (TPR’88), have a special fondness for the university and believe Carnegie Mellon students are high academic achievers across the board.

“You have a tremendous opportunity. Take advantage of it while you’re here,” Paul Russo urged this year’s scholarship awardees during a recent visit to campus where the Russos met the students. “You’re investing in yourself and there’s no better investment.”

Goldman Sachs Gives is a donor-advised fund through which participating managing directors of the firm recommend grants to qualified charitable organizations.

12/15/10

Student-Faculty Ties

A decade after graduation, Matt Bomer (A'00) – star of the USA Network's hit series White Collar – can still rely on his former Carnegie Mellon professor, Don Wadsworth.

When a White Collar episode required Bomer to disguise his character by speaking with French and Italian accents, he called Wadsworth for a refresher.

“The great thing about Don is I got a lifetime teacher with my four years of training,” said Bomer. “I know when I call on him for something I'm going to have that history of trust. And I know I'm going to have fun."

Wadsworth – a professor of voice and speech at CMU – has coached the voice work for actors on and off Broadway, in feature films, TV, regional theater and video games. He’s coached Oscar-nominated stars and even appears in a few films himself. Now with southwestern Pennsylvania’s burgeoning reputation as a great location for movie and television productions, he’s been getting even more requests for both coaching and acting.

Still, with all of that going on, Wadsworth makes time for his students – current and former.
“I remember Don taking time with me even before class and after class,” recalled Bomer. “He always brings 100 percent commitment to everything he does.”

Read more about Don Wadsworth and Matt Bomer on cmu.edu.

12/3/10

Honoring Prof. Joel Tarr

One of Carnegie Mellon’s greatest assets is its world-renowned faculty. With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, faculty members are extremely accessible and take a genuine interest in their students’ work.

So it’s no surprise when some alumni choose to give back to the university in honor of the professors who have inspired them.

For Rachel Maines (HS’83), attending Carnegie Mellon was a life-changing opportunity. But if it weren’t for the support from Joel Tarr, Carnegie Mellon’s Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History & Policy, it may not have been possible.

Prof. Tarr helped Maines secure a fellowship that made it possible for her to attend graduate school at CMU. And she’s still grateful today. To show her appreciation, she gave $50,000 to endow a fellowship for Carnegie Mellon students – and she named it in honor of Prof. Tarr.

Terry F. Yosie (HS’75, ’81) is also thankful he had the opportunity to study at a top-tier university. While attending graduate school at CMU, Yosie was able to build relationships that have been sustained for over 30 years.

One particularly meaningful relationship was with his advisor, Prof. Tarr. In fact, it’s is one of the reasons Yosie pledged a gift of $25,000 to the fellowship Maines established and named in honor of Pro. Tarr.

“I have a very personal motivation and that’s my respect and admiration for Joel Tarr, who has probably been the single most influential person in my intellectual development,” Yosie explained.

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