Donor Inspiration Advances President’s Magis Scholarship Initiative
Benefactors unite through their passion for giving students a shared experience
Since the President’s Magis Scholarship Initiative’s launch in 2012 and through the end of 2014, it has raised $12.1 million, $6.8 of which came from 40 newly established scholarships. Several of the benefactors share a “tipping point” moment in their lives that inspired them to help SJU students.
For Timothy ’76 and Dorothy (Dot) ’76 Fallon, one of those moments came when Tim explored his undergraduate roommate’s suggestion to look into the Food Marketing program because “they were offering a lot of scholarship support.” Dot, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., was among the first group of women on Saint Joseph’s campus, and was one of the few women enrolled in the Food Marketing program through a scholarship she received from Pathmark. The two met on their first day of orientation and their marriage they say, “is a true partnership” that has thrived for 38 years.
“The decision to enroll in [tippy title=”Food Marketing” width=”400″]The Department of Food Marketing in the Haub School of Business offers an internationally recognized food marketing degree program at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The department provides students job placement with well-known manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and advertising and consulting agencies. Most faculty have worked full time and remain influential in the food industry. Students travel to major food conferences throughout the United States, join service-learning programs, and participate in international study tours.[/tippy] gave me a great start in life and a heads up on my first job,” said Tim, CEO of Columbus Foods, a producer of artisan Italian meats. Upon graduation, Dot was already well on her way in her food marketing career at Pathmark.
Food Marketing majors continue to benefit from the generosity of donors. The support for these students provided by the [tippy title=”Timothy G. and Dorothy A. Fallon Scholarship” width=”400″]Established in 2012, this scholarship supports food marketing majors. The Fallons recently increased their contribution to $1 million. Columbus Foods CEO and President Tim Fallon ’76, who received the Academy of Food Marketing Hall of Honor Award in 2012, previously led private-equity, backed Kettle Foods through explosive growth, following numerous management experiences in the food industry. After a successful career with Pathmark, Dot Fallon ’76 works as a labor arbitrator and mediator, often selected by clients in the food industry.[/tippy] is in addition to a new scholarship established in 2014, the [tippy title=”Christopher ’81 and Monica Furman Scholarship.” width=”400″]Established in 2014 this scholarship supports food marketing majors with financial need who have proven evidence of leadership, good moral character and the qualities that reflect the values of a Catholic, Jesuit education. Chris Furman ’81, CEO of Ventura Foods LLC, is a former member of the University’s Board of Trustees. [/tippy]
The Fallons hope even more Food Marketing alumni will come forward to support the program through scholarship. Saint Joseph’s Haub School of Business Dean Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70 welcomes the opportunity to attract talented students.
“With more than 600 students and 85 companies recruiting here each year, food marketing is one of the premier programs at Saint Joseph’s,” DiAngelo said. “Through scholarships, the University is able to attract the best students who otherwise might not have been able to choose private higher education. Here, they have access to the high quality programs and strong industry ties we offer.”
Living the Indelible Lesson
For many benefactors, creating more opportunities for students to experience the Saint Joseph’s Catholic, Jesuit education has a social justice component that stems from their own exposure to Ignatian philosophy. “Giving back is commensurate with the education we received as students,” said Dot, who now works as a labor arbitrator. “No matter how dire your own circumstances may seem, there is always someone who has it worse. It’s all part of a commitment to community with the Jesuit ethos and that you take care of others.” This perspective motivates the Fallons’ philanthropy, leading them to support efforts to ensure stable housing and educational opportunities for the disadvantaged as well as programs for families at risk due to poverty and/or substance abuse in their Oregon community.
Another tipping point for the Fallons occurred when they had a conversation with John R. Post ’60, whom they met at the University’s 2012 Hawks in Florida event in Naples. “John said he trusted the Jesuit mission and that this [scholarship support] was a very good way to help advance that mission,” said Tim. As the story goes, John’s question, “What are you going to do…that makes a difference to you and others?” inspired the Fallons to endow their scholarship for $1 million. The Fallons were also inspired after reading about Sharon Ramsay O’Brien ’76 and Jim O’Brien ’74 who established the Dr. Jack Ramsay ’49 Scholarship.
For Mike ’85 and Joyce Hagan, benefactors of [tippy title=”The Hagan Family Scholarship” width=”400″]The Hagan Family Scholarship, which is the second scholarship supported by Joyce and Mike ’85 Hagan, will provide assistance to students in the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. Mike is the former president of LifeShield, a division of DIRECTV, previously served as chairman and CEO of NutriSystem, Inc. and co-founded Verticalnet. He also is a former member of the University’s Board of Trustees. The Hagans are also lead benefactors for the most comprehensive enhancement of athletic facilities in Saint Joseph’s history. They also created The Hagan Foundation, which serves the community with a primary focus on inner city education, striving to create better opportunities and outcomes for less fortunate children.[/tippy] last year, the Jesuit mission of inclusiveness resonated. “Establishing the scholarship was a rather easy decision for us,” Hagan said. “Joyce and I love Saint Joe’s and believe at the core of our affection is the fact that our school brings together kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Diversity in all its forms provides an added dimension to student life and is consistent with the Jesuit mission.”
“CEOs of major companies, like Mike, Tim and Chris can be great role models for us,” said DiAngelo. “A successful executive who is living the Ignatian model reminds us of the value of a Saint Joseph’s education.”
“The Jesuits leave us with an indelible lesson about service and giving back,” Hagan said. “Establishing a scholarship is one of the best ways to say ‘thank you’ to the University. Our hope is that the kids will also ‘pay it forward’ to our next generation of Hawks one day.”
– Valerie Asuncion and Carolyn Vivaldi M.S. ’13