The primary educational resources of any college are the quality of its faculty and the spirit of the institution. Financial as well as physical resources play an important supportive role.
The educational resources at Swarthmore College have been provided by gifts and bequests from many alumni, foundations, corporations, parents, and friends. In addition to unrestricted gifts for the operating budget, these donors have contributed funds for buildings, equipment, collections of art and literature, and permanently endowed professorships, scholarships, awards, book funds, and lectureships. Their gifts to Swarthmore have not only provided the physical plant but also have created an endowment fund of $ $1.635 billion at market value on June 30, 2013. Swarthmore is ranked among the highest in the country in endowment per student. Income from the endowment during the academic year 2012–2013 contributed approximately $35,877 to meet the total expense of educating each student and provided about 43 percent of the College’s operating revenues.
The College’s ability to continue to offer a high quality of education depends on continuing voluntary support. Swarthmore seeks additional gifts and bequests for its current operations, its permanent endowment, and its capital development programs to maintain and strengthen its resources. The vice president in charge of development will be pleased to provide information about various forms of gifts: bequests, outright gifts of cash or securities, real estate or other property, and deferred gifts through charitable remainder trusts and life-income contracts in which the donor reserves the right to the annual income during his or her lifetime.
The library is an active participant in the instructional and research program of the College. The primary function of the library is to support the teaching mission of the College by acquiring and organizing collections in a variety of print, digital, and other formats and by instructing students in the effective use of the library and its collections. Although the library’s collections are geared primarily toward undergraduate instruction, the scope, nature, and depth of student and faculty research require a greater quantity of source materials than is typically found in undergraduate libraries. Additional needs are met through interlibrary loan, document delivery, and other cooperative arrangements.
Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr colleges link their library collections through Tripod (their shared, online catalog). Tripod, as well as other network information sources, can be accessed online through the library’s home page at www.swarthmore.edu/library. The Tri-College Library Consortium takes advantage of a long history of cooperation and a unified, online catalog to work toward building a research-quality collection from the combined holdings of these three strong liberal arts colleges.
Reference service is often where research begins. Reference librarians guide patrons in formulating research strategies and in accessing the information and materials contained in the library’s vast electronic and print collections. The library provides a considerable digital collection of electronic journals in all disciplines and of citation and full-text research databases that support access to historical, statistical, visual, and bibliographic information. The ever-growing amount of online resources has created a variety of new library services, including Live Help, an online “chat” reference service. The library also provides direct curricular support through extensive print and electronic reserve readings and honors collections.
Swarthmore College library holdings amount to approximately 850,000 print volumes with some 12,000 volumes added each year; additionally more than 500,000 e-books are available to patrons. The College participates in the Federal and Pennsylvania Depository Library Program and selects those government documents most appropriate to the needs of the curriculum and the public and catalogs them in Tripod. The library also houses an extensive interdisciplinary audiovisual collection, including 12,600 videos more than 17,000 classical and jazz music recordings, and 1,400 spoken-word recordings of dramatic and poetic literature. The video collection includes classic U.S. and foreign films as well as educational, documentary, and experimental films.
The collections are housed in three libraries. The Thomas B. and Jeannette L. McCabe Library is the center of the College library system and is home to the major portion of the collections, extensive public computing resources, a wide variety of reading and study areas, and a video classroom.
The Cornell Library of Science and Engineering in the Science Center houses 66,000 volumes and serves the curricular and research needs of students and faculty in the sciences.
The Underhill Music and Dance Library contains 22,000 books on music and dance as well as the sound recordings mentioned earlier. It provides a wide variety of listening and viewing facilities, which overlook the Crum Woods. Small collections of relevant materials are located in the Black Cultural Center and the Beit Midrash located in the Bond Lodges.
The College library contains certain special collections: the Private Press Collection, representing the work of more than 750 presses, an exemplary collection of “book arts” and artists’ books; British Americana, accounts of British travelers in the United States; the works of English poets Wordsworth and Thomson bequeathed to the library by Edwin H. Wells; the works of Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1995; the W.H. Auden Collection commemorating the English poet who taught at Swarthmore in the mid-1940s; and the Bathe Collection of the history of technology donated by Greville Bathe.
Within the McCabe Library building are two special libraries that enrich the academic life of the College:
The Friends Historical Library, founded in 1871 by Anson Lapham, is one of the outstanding collections in the United States of manuscripts, books, pamphlets, and pictures relating to the history of the Society of Friends. The library is a depository for records of Friends Meetings belonging to Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and other Yearly Meetings. More than 10,000 record books, dating from the 1670s until the present, have been deposited. Additional records are available on microfilm.
The collection includes materials on subjects of Quaker concern such as abolition, Indian rights, utopian reform, and the history of women’s rights. Notable among the other holdings are the Whittier Collection (first editions and manuscripts of John Greenleaf Whittier, the Quaker poet), the Mott manuscripts (more than 500 letters of Lucretia Mott, antislavery and women’s rights leader), and the Hicks manuscripts (more than 400 letters of Elias Hicks, a prominent Quaker minister). More than 43,000 volumes are in the library’s collection of books and pamphlets by and about Friends. More than 200 Quaker periodicals are currently received. The library also has an extensive collection of photographs of meetinghouses and pictures of representative Friends and Quaker activities as well as a number of oil paintings, including The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks. It is hoped that Friends and others will consider the advantages of giving to this library any books and family papers that may throw light on the history of the Society of Friends. Visit the website www.swarthmore.edu/fhl.xml.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is of special interest to research students seeking records of the peace movement. The records of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the personal papers of Jane Addams of Hull-House, Chicago, formed the original nucleus of the Collection (1930). Over the years, other major collections have been added including the papers of Devere Allen, Emily Greene Balch, Danilo Dolci, Belva Lockwood, Homer Jack, A.J. Muste, Scott Nearing, John Nevin Sayre, Wilhelm Sollmann, André and Magda Trocmé, and others as well as the records of the American Peace Society, A Quaker Action Group, Center on Conscience and War, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Friends Committee on National Legislation, The Great Peace March, Lake Mohonk Conferences on International Arbitration, Military Families Speak Out, National Council for Prevention of War, SANE Inc., United for Peace and Justice, War Resisters League, Women Strike for Peace, and many others. The Peace Collection serves as the official repository for the archives of these organizations. The Peace Collection also houses more than 14,000 books and pamphlets over 3,000 periodical titles, more than 20,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 50,000 photographs and other images, thousands of audio and video recordings, and memorabilia. Periodicals are currently received from 22 countries. The comprehensive website www.swarthmore.edu/library/peace describes the archival holdings and resources.
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides technology resources to support the instructional mission, residential life, and administrative work of the College. Services are available to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. ITS works in partnership with the Swarthmore community to meet its mission.
Swarthmore provides a rich, robust, and secure technology infrastructure. All campus buildings are served by wired and wireless networks. In addition to network services, a cell phone signal distribution system is installed in the residence halls. Presentation technology is available in every classroom. Swarthmore’s information systems provide a wide range of academic and administrative information services to the College community.
Public computers and printing services are available to students in the residence halls, McCabe, Science, and Music Libraries, and in other public spaces on campus. Public computer labs are located in Trotter and McCabe Library, and there are many departmental computer labs across campus that meet the specific needs of academic disciplines. A wide array of commercial and open source software is available for use on all public computers to support academic work.
The Media Center in Beardsley provides access to a rich set of multimedia tools and the newest technologies available for experimentation and creation of audio, video, multimedia, high-quality color and 3-D output for curricular and extra-curricular work. Music composition/editing computers are available in the Music Library. Language study and video editing are supported in the Language Resource Center in Kohlberg Hall. Some academic software is available for downloading by the College community. The College Bookstore also sells a variety of software at competitive prices.
The ITS Help Desk located in Beardsley Hall serves students, faculty, and staff who have technology questions or problems and is available by phone on campus at X4357 (HELP), off campus at 610-328-8513, or via email at email@example.com. Computer repair services are also available for students (a fee is charged for parts and labor).
The Communications Office coordinates strategic communications efforts at the College, particularly those relating to admissions, alumni, advancement, Swarthmore’s web presence, and media relations. In collaboration with other College offices, the Communications Office leads the development and implementation of an overall web strategy for Swarthmore. The office also leads crisis communications efforts at the College, in close collaboration with a team of partners across campus.
The Communications Office produces a broad range of print and online materials for the College’s internal and external communities. A selection includes the quarterly Swarthmore College Bulletin, the annual college calendar, and the Sw@tNews email newsletter. News about Swarthmore newsmakers, campus activities, and special events are available on the College’s website (www.swarthmore.edu), which also features a rich variety of videos, podcasts, and faculty experts. The Communications Office also maintains the College’s social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and iTunes.
The Communications Office maintains a set of standards for print and web publications, including a College design guide, a College style guide, and the appropriate use of the College logo. Permission from the office is also required for all photo, film, or video shooting on the Swarthmore campus by external vendors or members of the media.
Communications Office staff members provide editorial, photographic, graphic design, print-production, and web content support services to administrative offices and academic departments across campus, either directly or in working with outside vendors to produce exceptional products.
When Swarthmore College opened in fall 1869, it consisted of one building—Parrish Hall—set on farmland and serving 199 students. Today, the College encompasses more than 40 buildings used by approximately 1,550 students on 425 acres.
The College provides an impressive range of modern facilities for students’ intellectual growth, cultural enrichment, and physical and social development. At the same time, it maintains an intimate, pedestrian campus exemplifying the concept of academic study in an idyllic setting.
Parrish Hall, the original College building, still lies at the heart of the campus with classroom buildings clustered around it. Parrish is the administrative and social center of the campus. Admissions, the Registrar’s Office, the President’s Office, and Dean’s Office share space with the Financial Aid Office, Career Services, numerous student groups, and two floors of student residences. The second oldest building on campus, Trotter Hall, was renovated in 1997. Today, Trotter Hall respects the past but embraces modern technology and design, providing the space for the history, political science, and classics departments; the Center for Social and Policy Studies; programs in Latin American studies, peace and conflict studies, interpretation theory, gender and sexuality studies, black studies, and Asian studies; the Writing Center; and several classrooms and seminar rooms. At the center of the building is the Tarble Atrium, with student lounges on each floor. Views from this building overlook the Rose Garden to the south and the Nason Garden and Outdoor Classroom to the north.
Kohlberg Hall, completed in 1996, features spaces for use by the entire College community on the ground floor, including a lounge complete with a coffee bar and fireplace; the Scheuer Room, a popular place for lectures and gatherings; and the Cosby Courtyard, a dramatic outdoor space with stone seating walls around a lawn that doubles as an outdoor classroom. On the upper two floors are modern classrooms and intimate seminar rooms, a language resource center, and faculty offices. Home to the Modern Languages and Literatures, Economics, and Sociology and Anthropology departments, Kohlberg Hall demonstrates that a new building with award-winning architectural design can be integrated into an established campus.
Next door to Kohlberg lies the Lang Performing Arts Center, home to the English Literature and Theater departments and the programs in dance and film and media studies. In addition to two theaters and two dance studios, classrooms and offices are found on the second and third floors.
Hicks, Beardsley, and Pearson halls are clustered together on the north end of the academic campus, forming with Trotter Hall a quadrangle around the Nason Garden. Hicks is home to the Engineering Department and contains laboratories, with several equipped for computer-assisted and controlled experimentation. Beardsley, renovated in 1990, houses the Art Department and Information Technology Services. Pearson, renovated in 1998, is home to the Linguistics, Educational Studies, and Religion departments. Completing the cluster of north campus academic buildings is Papazian Hall, which houses the Psychology and Philosophy departments.
The Science Center, completed in 2004, physically links the departments of Biology, in Martin Hall, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and the Cornell Science and Engineering Library to foster interaction and exchange among faculty and student scientists. The center offers the 80-seat Cunniff Lecture Hall, a 120-seat auditorium, and the Eldridge Commons area. The project was designed and constructed using criteria developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to produce a sustainable design providing opportunities for education about the environment and environmental responsibility. In 1999, the Martin Greenhouse was renovated to support a broader research program.
Lang Music Building, another award-winning building on campus, is home to the Music and Dance Department and the Underhill Library.
McCabe Library, the intellectual heart of campus, is the College’s main library, and houses the national repository of the Society of Friends.
The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, at 3–5 Whittier Place, is an incubator and funding source for student, staff and faculty initiatives related to activism, advocacy, community service, and social entrepreneurship.
Sproul Observatory, with its 24-inch visual refracting telescope, was the center of fundamental research in multiple star systems. A 24-inch reflecting telescope on Papazian Hall is used for solar and stellar spectroscopy. In 2009, a 24-inch computerized telescope was installed in the Peter van de Kamp Observatory in the Science Center, providing state-of-the-art observing capabilities.
In the management, design, and construction of all physical facilities, the College recognizes the importance of employing environmentally sound practices and acknowledges its commitment to current and future societies. An example of Swarthmore’s commitment to sustainability is the biostream bed, located between McCabe Library and Willets Hall and designed to filter runoff from upper-campus building roofs. More information is available at www.swarthmore.edu/sustainability.
Housed in Trotter Hall, the Center for Social and Policy Studies is an interdisciplinary applied research and policy initiative at the College. Established in 1972, the center undertakes and supports research addressing the complex, dynamic, and compelling needs of inner-city communities, particularly the interplay between poverty and community development in the neighboring community of Chester. In addition, the center supports POLS 70: Politics of Punishment and POLS 106: The Urban Underclass and Urban Policy.
For students, the center attempts to tie academic learning to real-world problem solving and provides a rich hands-on experience in the broad field of social and public policy. Through their research, education, outreach, and advocacy activities, students have an opportunity to put their convictions into practice as they work with residents in the Chester community. The center’s faculty director is Associate Professor of Political Science Keith Reeves ’88.
The Lang Music Building, opened in 1973, contains a concert hall which seats 425 while providing an expansive view into the Crum Woods. It also is home to the Daniel Underhill Music and Dance Library, classrooms, practice and rehearsal rooms, and an exhibition area. It is the central facility for the Music Department and for musical activities at the College.
Greatly enhancing performance venues, the Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC) opened in 1991. The building contains Pearson-Hall Theatre, with a seating capacity of 825. The theater can be divided with a 40-ton movable soundproof wall, which is raised and lowered hydraulically. When the wall is raised, the space may be used simultaneously as a cinema seating more than 300 and a theater space of about equal seating capacity. The stage of the theater may also be transformed from its traditional configuration into a thrust stage.
The Frear Ensemble Theatre on the lower level of the LPAC is another, more intimate theater, a “black box” that serves as an experimental and instructional studio as well as the Patricia Wityk Boyer Dance Studio and the Troy Dance Lab. This building also provides an elegant facility for changing art exhibits, student art exhibitions, and a display of holdings of Swarthmore College’s permanent art collection in its List Art Gallery.
The College maintains about 80 acres of playing fields around the academic heart of the campus to support a wide range of sports, including rugby, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and baseball. Track sports are supported by both an outdoor track around the Clothier Field and indoor track in the Lamb-Miller Field House, which also provides indoor basketball courts. Next to the field house are Matchbox, our wellness/fitness center and Ware Pool, with a 50-meter pool. Twelve outdoor tennis courts are supplemented with the Mullan Tennis Center, which houses indoor tennis courts and a fitness pavilion. Ample open lawn areas, an integral part of the Swarthmore College campus, accommodate and inspire a range of informal and spontaneous physical activity from Frisbee throwing to water sliding.
Residence hall rooms are assigned by a lottery. All students have private telephone and computer hookup capabilities in their rooms. All halls have common lounges for socializing, and Swarthmore’s Sharples Dining Hall provides an impressive dining space, ensuring that students have the opportunity to interact regularly at mealtimes. Small dining rooms within the dining hall are frequently used for special-interest groups such as language discussion groups.
Other student activity and organization space on campus includes the Parlors, a student lounge, and student activities offices in Parrish Hall; Tarble in Clothier, with a snack bar, game room, the College Bookstore, a large all-campus space used for dances and other events and Paces, a student coffeehouse; the Intercultural Center, with both private organization space and a large meeting room for collective events; the Black Cultural Center; Bond Hall, home to the religious advisers and religious organizations; the Kitao Gallery, a student-run art gallery; Olde Club, a party/concert venue; the Women’s Resource Center; and two fraternity houses.
The College property comprises 425 acres, including a large tract of woodland and the valley of Crum Creek. Much of this tract has been developed as horticultural and botanical collections of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants through the provisions of the Scott Arboretum, established in 1929 by Mrs. Arthur Hoyt Scott and Owen and Margaret Moon as a memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott of the Class of 1895. The plant collections are designed to afford examples of the better kinds of trees and shrubs that are hardy in the climate of eastern Pennsylvania, are suitable for planting by the average gardener, and to beautify the campus. All collections are labeled and recorded. Exceptionally fine displays include hollies, flowering cherries, conifers, crabapples, magnolias, tree peonies, lilacs, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, and witch hazels. Specialty gardens include the Terry Shane Teaching Garden, the Theresa Lang Garden of Fragrance, the Dean Bond Rose Garden, the Isabelle Bennett Cosby ’28 Courtyard, the Nason Garden, the Metasequoia Allée, the Harry Wood Courtyard Garden, the Pollinators Garden, the Gold Medal Plant Garden, and the West House Garden. Many interested donors have contributed generously to the collections, and the arboretum is funded primarily by restricted endowment funds with a combined market value of $29.5 million as of June 30, 2013.
The arboretum offers educational horticulture programs to the general public and Swarthmore students. These workshops, lectures, and classes are designed to cover many facets of the science/art called gardening. Tours are conducted throughout the year for College people and interested public groups. In 2009 the arboretum opened the Wister Education Center and Greenhouse (5,200 square feet) to better fulfill its educational mission. This facility has been awarded Gold LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Aiding the arboretum staff in all its efforts, are the Associates of the Scott Arboretum. This membership organization provides financial support and assistance in carrying out the myriad operations that make up the arboretum’s total program, such as plant propagation, public lectures, workshops, publications, and tours to other gardens. More than 100 volunteer Arboretum Assistants aid in campus maintenance on a regular basis. Student memberships are available and the arboretum provides interesting and educational job opportunities for students. The arboretum’s newsletter, Hybrid, publicizes its activities and provides up-to-date information on seasonal gardening topics. Maps for self-guided tours and free brochures of the arboretum plant collections are available at the Scott offices, 610-328-8025, located in the Cunningham House, as well as online.
The arboretum conducts applied research on ornamental plants and it holds three recognized North American Plant Collections: hollies, magnolias, and oaks.
The Scott Arboretum was accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1995 and re-accredited in 2006, signifying its professional standards of operation as a museum of living plants. For more information and a calendar of events, the “Garden Seeds” blog, membership information, and brochures, visit www.scottarboretum.org.
The Catherine G. ’72 and Ernest B. Abbott ’72 Partners in Ministry Endowment was created in recognition of the importance of a distinctive ecumenical program of spiritual nurture serving the entire Swarthmore College community. Income from the Abbott endowment is distributed to Partners in Ministry to help provide for the compensation of the religious adviser and supporting staff of the Swarthmore Protestant community.
The Mary Albertson Lectureship in Medieval Studies was established in 1987 with gifts from George Cuttino ’35 and former students, colleagues, and friends. Mary Albertson joined the Swarthmore faculty in 1927 and served as chair of the History Department from 1942 until her retirement in 1963. She was responsible for expanding the history curriculum to include studies on Russia, the Far and Near East, Africa, and Latin America. Mary specialized in English medieval history. She died in May 1986.
The Jesse and Maria Aweida Endowment for the Support of Arabic Language Instruction was established in 2006 by Jesse and Maria Aweida, members of the Class of 1956.
The Barnard Fund was established in 1964 by two graduates of the College, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd T. Barnard of Rosemont, Pa. The fund has been augmented by the 50-year class gifts from the classes of 1917 and 1919 and other friends. The income from the fund may be used for any activity that contributes to the advancement of music at the College. It has been used for concerts on the campus, for the purchase of vocal and orchestral scores and other musical literature, and to provide scholarships for students in the Music Department who show unusual promise as instrumentalists or vocalists.
The Peter B. Bart ’54 Endowment was established in 2005 to support the Film and Media Studies Program at Swarthmore College.
The Albert H. Beekhuis Music Fund was created in 1989 by a generous bequest of Mr. Beekhuis, neighbor, friend, and patron of Swarthmore music. The fund supports the acquisition and maintenance of musical instruments and brings musical performers to the College.
The Bloom Discretionary Fund Endowment was established by Ira T. Wender ’45 in honor of President Alfred H. Bloom. This fund is discretionary under the direction of the president.
The Al and Peggi Bloom Endowment for Financial Aid for International Students and for Faculty Support was established in 2005. This endowment aims to help prepare students to identify and advance common purpose in a global world by providing financial support to international students at Swarthmore, and by supporting relevant faculty efforts in any discipline or across disciplines.
The Alfred H. Bloom Jr. and Martha B. Bloom Memorial Visiting Scholar Fund is the gift of Frank Solomon Jr. ’50 in honor of the parents of Alfred H. Bloom. It brings visiting scholars to campus at the discretion of the president.
The Patricia Boyer Music Fund was created in 1989. Income from the Boyer fund supports the Dance Program.
The Richard B. Brandt Fund was established in 1986 by Phillip J. Stone ’62 in honor of Richard B. Brandt, a member of the Philosophy Department from 1937 to 1964. The fund supports visiting speakers chosen by the department.
Brest Family General Endowment was established in 2004 by Iris Lang Brest ’61, Paul Brest ’62, Hilary Brest Meltzer ’86, and Jeremy Brest ’90 to further the objectives and purposes of Swarthmore College. The income of the Brest Endowment is for unrestricted use.
The Brown Family Travel Fund, established in 2011 by Vera Grant Brown ’70 and Frank I. Brown ’68, recognizes and honors the special contribution that parents and family members have played in helping their student prepare for college and come to Swarthmore. It provides support for families to travel to landmark events or programs involving their student that would not be possible otherwise due to cost of transportation and lodging. These might include Commencement exercises, athletic competitions, performing arts productions, academic presentations and the like. The use of the fund is under the direction of the Dean’s Office.
The Phillip A. Bruno Fine Arts Endowment was created by Phillip A. Bruno in 1988. The fund supports the acquisition of artwork for the Swarthmore College collections.
The William J. Carter ’47 Religious Harmony Fund was established in 2011 by a bequest from William J. Carter ’47. The fund’s purpose is to encourage and promote understanding, harmony and respect among the various religions of the world.
The Barbara Weiss Cartwright Fund for Social Responsibility was created in 1993 by a gift from Barbara W. Cartwright ’37 and Dorwin P. Cartwright ’37. The fund supports new or existing programs that encourage involvement in addressing societal problems through projects initiated by the College or created by current students. In addition, it will provide opportunities for faculty and students to participate in volunteer service projects linked to the academic program.
Wendy Susan Cheek ’83 Memorial Fund for Gender and Sexuality Studies. Established in 1998 by Aimee Lee and William Francis Cheek, the fund supports student and/or programming needs of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, including the capstone seminar for honors and course students. The fund shall be spent at the direction of the gender and sexuality studies coordinator.
The Cilento Family General Endowment Fund was established in 2002 by Alexander P. Cilento ’71 to support the general objectives of the College. The income is unrestricted.
The Cilento Family Information Technology Fund was established in 2002 by Alexander P. Cilento ’71 as an expression of gratitude and appreciation for the Engineering Department at Swarthmore College. The fund supports teaching innovations in information science, with preference for computer science, engineering, and related disciplines. The Provost’s Office administers the fund.
The Classics Endowment was established in 2005 and, in consultation with the Provost’s Office, shall be used to support classics instruction directly.
The Richard W. Conner ’49 Partners in Ministry Fund was created in spring 2000 by Richard W. Conner ’49 to establish a matching challenge grant program benefiting Partners in Ministry in recognition of the importance of an ecumenical program of spiritual nurture serving the diverse faith traditions of the entire Swarthmore College community.
The George R. Cooley Curatorship was established in 1986. The Cooley endowment supports the curatorship of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
The William J. Cooper Foundation provides funding for a varied program of lectures, exhibits, and concerts, which enriches the academic work and cultural experience of the College and the community. The foundation was established by William J. Cooper, a devoted friend of the College whose wife, Emma McIlvain Cooper, served as a member of the Board of Managers from 1882 to 1923. It provides annual funds that are used “in bringing to the College eminent citizens of this and other countries who are leaders in statesmanship, education, the arts, sciences, learned professions and business, in order that the faculty, students and the College community may be broadened by a closer acquaintance with matters of world [interest].”
The Cooper Foundation Committee, composed of students, faculty members, and staff members, works with members of all campus constituencies to arrange lectures, exhibitions, and performances of College-wide interest as well as to bring to the College speakers of note who will remain in residence long enough to enter into the life of the community. In the past, some speakers have been invited with the understanding that their lectures would be published under the auspices of the foundation. This arrangement has produced 18 volumes.
The Bruce Cratsley ’66 Memorial Fund was created in 1998 and supports lectures about photography and exhibitions.
The Carley Cunniff ’72 Paul Hall Residence Fund was established to honor this member of the Board of Managers who died in January 2005.
The Michael J. Durkan Memorial Fund was established by family and friends of Michael J. Durkan, librarian emeritus, to support library collections and to help bring Irish writers to campus.
The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Fund, endowed by Frank W. Fetter ’20, Robert Fetter ’53, Thomas Fetter ’56, and Ellen Fetter Gille in memory of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter ’25, subsidizes the private instrumental lessons of outstanding student string players at the College. Interested applicants should write to the director of the Fetter Chamber Music program and should plan to audition at the beginning of each semester.
The James A. Field Jr. Lectureship was established by Thomas D. Jones Jr. ’53 and Vera Lundy Jones ’58 in memory of James Field, professor of history from 1947 to 1984, to support lectures by visiting scholars on the history of the United States.
The James A. Field Jr. Memorial Fund was established by family and friends of James A. Field Jr., Clothier Professor Emeritus of history, to support library collections.
The Tariq Q. Fischer Endowed Islamic Studies Fund was created in 2005 by Paul and Asma Fischer, parents of Tariq. Q. Fischer ’08, in his memory, to support the development of an Islamic Studies Program.
The Swarthmore College Folk Dance Club Endowment was established in 2010. This fund supports activities of the Swarthmore College Folk Dance Club.
The Lee Frank Memorial Art Fund, endowed by the family and friends of Lee Frank ’21, sponsors each year a special event in the Art Department: a visiting lecturer or artist, a scholar or artist in residence, or a special exhibit.
The Gertrude S. Friedman Research Fund was established in 1992 to support travel and research of biology faculty members with preference to those studying in the area of physiology and related subspecialties. Grants are awarded at the discretion of the chair of the Biology Department.
The Garnet Athletics Endowment was created in 2002 by an anonymous donor to support the Athletics Program at Swarthmore College. The fund supports expenses associated with introducing prospective scholar-athletes to Swarthmore College, including travel costs and the production of publications promoting the Athletics Program at the College.
The Mary Josephine Good ’70 Endowment was created in her memory by her father, Richard A. Good. The fund was created in 2004 and supports the Partners in Ministry program at Swarthmore College.
The David R. Goodrich ’71 Endowment for Islamic Studies was established in 2003 to support the Islamic Studies Program at Swarthmore College. The Provost’s Office administers the fund.
The Donald J. Gordon Art Fund was established in 1998 by a gift from his children and their spouses on the occasion of his 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Swarthmore College. The fund supports visiting artists.
The Harry D. Gotwals Fund was established in 1997 in memory of the distinguished service of Harry D. Gotwals as vice president for development, alumni, and public relations from 1990 to 1997. The fund supports the professional development of members of the division.
The Merritt W. Hallowell ’61 Career Services Fund was established in 2002 by Merritt Hallowell to support the College’s career services program and initiatives, including but not limited to student career exploration, vocational counseling, identification of skills, interests, and values to develop an individual’s personalized career options; electronic and print resources; alumni networking and mentoring; and extern opportunities. The Career Services Office administers the fund.
The Halpern Family Foundation Engineering Design Fund was established in 2007 by Michael Halpern ’68 and Christine Grant ’69. This fund supports work by students on interdisciplinary projects with socially relevant purposes, which include design engineering principles as well as aesthetics and client needs.
The Hayward Family Fund was established by Priscilla Hayward Crago ’53 in honor of her parents, Sumner and Elizabeth Hayward, to receive designated life income gifts made by the donor since 1991 and to accommodate additional gifts anticipated over the donor’s lifetime and from her estate. The income from the fund provides support for the faculty at Swarthmore College.
The Marjorie Heilman Visiting Artist Fund was established by M. Grant Heilman ’41 in memory of Marjorie Heilman to stimulate interest in art, particularly the practice of art, on campus.
The James C. Hormel ’55 Endowment for Public Policy and Social Change was established by James Hormel ’55 to support faculty in the Political Science Department.
The James C. Hormel ’55 Endowment for Student Services was established by James Hormel ’55 to support staffing and programs related to student services and activities, including student involvement in volunteering and programs to encourage greater understanding of, sensitivity to, and incorporation into the great society of differences in culture, sexual orientation, or race.
The William I. Hull Fund was established in 1958 by Mrs. Hannah Clothier Hull, Class of 1891, in memory of her late husband. Dr. Hull was a professor of history and international law at Swarthmore College for 48 years. The fund enables the College to bring a noted lecturer on peace to the campus each year in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hull, who were peace activists.
The David Kemp Endowment was created in 2006 by Giles ’72 and Barbara Kemp and provides support for David Kemp Hall, which is named for Gil’s grandfather.
The Kaori Kitao Cinema History Endowment. Established in 2013 by Kaori Kitao, Professor Emerita in Art History, to celebrate her 80th birthday, supports curricular, scholarly and public events that explore history of cinema, with a preference for silent cinema, such as the annual public screening of silent films from worldwide sources, in recognition of its historical, cultural and cross-cultural importance, but open to other topics and purposes. The fund will be administered by the coordinator of the Film and Media Studies Department in consultation with other relevant departments.
The Kaori Kitao Endowment for Mathematics, established in 2012 by Kaori Kitao, Professor Emerita in Art History, to celebrate her 80th birthday, supports a visiting lecture or lecture series in the Mathematics and Statistics department colloquium with a preference for topics in geometry, topology, and the history of mathematics, at the discretion of the department. Creation of this fund was motivated by the donor’s desire to fulfill her alternate ambition for a career in mathematics which never materialized. The Mathematics and Statistics Department will administer the fund.
The Kaori Kitao Endowment for the List Gallery, established in 2013 by Kaori Kitao, Professor Emerita in Art History, to celebrate her 80th birthday, supports a variety of educational initiatives to be organized and administered by the List Gallery director. Supported initiatives include a student fellowship in curatorial studies, the publication of exhibition catalogs for emerging artists, on-site sculpture and installation projects, and the hiring of technical and administrative assistants as needed in order for the director to pursue such additional programming.
The Kaori Kitao Humanities Research Fellowship Endowment. Kaori Kitao, Professor Emerita in Art History, established this research fellowship in 2013 in celebration of her 80th birthday. The fund supports students in the humanities by providing grants to encourage and facilitate historical research, original scholarship, and professional development, with a preference for Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, and Performing Arts. The fund is administered by the Division of the Humanities and the Provost’s Office.
The Kyle House Endowment was created by a gift from Elena ’54 and Fred ’54 Kyle and is used for the upkeep and expenses of a house on Whittier Place currently used as a residence hall.
The Jonathan R. Lax Fund, created by his bequest in 1996, supports an annual Lax Conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Anthropology. Jonathan Lax ’71 was class agent and a reunion leader. His parents, Stephen ’41 and Frances Lax, and brothers Stephen (Gerry) Lax Jr. ’74 and Andrew Lax ’78 have been actively involved at the College.
The Lucinda M. Lewis ’70 and Sarah Reynolds ’09 Mathematics Endowment was established in 2012 by Robert J. Reynolds. This fund supports visiting scholars to the department of mathematics and student participation in conferences. Recipient(s) will be chosen by the chair of the department of mathematics.
The Genevieve Ching-wen Lee ’96 Memorial Fund was established in her memory by family and friends and recognizes the importance of mutual understanding and respect among the growing number of ethnic groups in our society. The fund supports an annual lecture by a prominent scholar of Asian American studies and/or an annual award to two students to assist in projects pertaining to Asian American studies.
The Lucinda M. Lewis '70 and Sarah E. Reynolds '09 Field Hockey Endowment was established in 2009 by Robert Reynolds P'09 in honor of his wife and daughter. Cindy was an avid field hockey player at Swarthmore from 1966-1970, and Sarah from 2006-2009. This fund will be administered by the Athletics Department and supports activities and expenses associated with the field hockey program at Swarthmore College including training trips and trips by field hockey coaching staff to high school field hockey games and tournaments.
The List Gallery Exhibit Fund, established through the generosity of Mrs. Albert List, supports exhibits in the List Gallery of the Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center.
The Lorax Fund for Environmental Sustainability was established in 2007 by a grant from the Schwab Charitable Fund as recommended by Naomi Zikmund-Fisher ’91. The fund is used to support the activities that move Swarthmore College and its community toward a more environmentally sustainable future (e.g. the reduction or offsetting of carbon or other greenhouse gas emissions, innovative replacements of less than efficient technologies, systems, and devices, etc.). The fund is administered by the Office of Facilities and Services.
The Judy Lord Endowment was established in 2004 by anonymous donors who are friends of the College. The endowment memorializes Judy Lord’s enthusiasm and community spirit and is a reward for hard work and contributions to Swarthmore College life. Earnings from the Judy Lord endowment are awarded to academic departmental administrative assistants with tenure of 10 or more years at the College.
The Lovelace Family Endowment was established in 2004 to further the objectives and purposes of Swarthmore College. The income is unrestricted.
The Caro Elise Luhrs ’56 Business and Leadership Endowment was established by Caro Elise Luhrs ’56 in 2011. This fund better prepares students for assuming leadership positions in whatever liberal arts and science fields they may go into by giving them grounding in basic business skills. Activities supported by this fund will foster strong communication skills, inspire new ways to develop innovative solutions, and encourage entrepreneurship thought and action.
The Julia and Frank L. Lyman ’43 Partners in Ministry Endowment was created in February 2000 in recognition of the importance of a distinctive ecumenical program of spiritual nurture serving the entire community of Swarthmore College. Income from this endowment will help provide for the compensation of the religious adviser and supporting staff of the Swarthmore Protestant Community.
The Barbara W. Mather ’65 Political Science Honors Endowment was established in 2012 in honor of Barbara W. Mather ’65, an exceptional and agile leader who served as chair of the Swarthmore College Board of Managers from 2004–2012. As Barbara was a Political Science major as a student, this fund supports the Honors Program in Political Science, which includes visiting examiners, special lectures, thesis work, and other special projects of Political Science honors majors.
The Isabel Gamble MacCaffrey ’46 Library Endowment was established in 2010 by Wallace MacCaffrey in memory of his wife. The fund is used to support the library program.
The Lucy Bunzl Mallan ’54 Faculty Leave Endowment was established in 2006 by Lucy Bunzl Mallan to recognize the importance of her Swarthmore College experience and classmates. This endowment will be used by the provost to support faculty leaves.
The Penelope Mason Endowment for Asian Studies was created via the estate of Penelope E. Mason ’57. The fund supports courses taught in the departments of art, modern languages, economics, history, music and dance, political science, religion, and sociology/anthropology.
The Chica Maynard ’48 Cherry Border Fund was established in 2009 by the Class of ’48, friends and family in memory of Carolien “Chica” Powers Maynard ’48 to honor her ties and over a century of family ties to Swarthmore College. This fund supports maintenance, upkeep, and enhancements to the Cherry Border of the Scott Arboretum which was started in April 1931 with a gift from Mrs. Allen K. White, Class of 1894, in recognition of her daughter, Carolien White Powers ’22 and the “whisper bench” which serves as a memorial to Carolien Powers ’22. Uses for the income of this fund will be determined by the Scott Arboretum.
The Thomas B. McCabe Memorial Fund was established with gifts from alumni and the McCabe Family to support an annual lectureship that brings to campus each fall individuals with distinguished careers in fields such as public service, business, government, education, or medicine.
The James H. Miller ’58 Partners in Ministry Endowment was created in recognition of the importance of a distinctive ecumenical program of spiritual nurture serving the entire Swarthmore College community. Income from the Miller endowment is distributed to Partners in Ministry to help provide for the compensation of the religious adviser and supporting staff of the Swarthmore Protestant community.
The Margaret W. and John M. Moore Endowment was created in September 1999 via a life-income gift contract. Income provides research stipends for selected scholars using the resources of the Friends Historical Library and/or the Peace Collection at Swarthmore College.
The Paul Moses and Barbara Lubash Computer Science Fund was created to provide support for computer science students traveling to seminars and related events.
The Helen F. North Fund in Classics, established in 1996 by Susan Willis Ruff ’60 and Charles F.C. Ruff ’60 to honor the distinguished career of Helen F. North and her enduring impact on generations of Swarthmore students, is awarded to support the program of the Classics Department. At the discretion of the department, it shall be used to fund annually the Helen F. North Distinguished Lectureship in Classics and, as income permits, for a conference or symposium with visiting scholars; summer study of Greek or Latin or research in classics-related areas by students majoring in the field; or study in Greece or Italy in classics by a graduate of the department.
The Project Pericles Fund of Swarthmore College was created in 2005 to support ambitious, social change-oriented projects of groups of Swarthmore students. Eugene M. Lang ’38 and the Board of Managers of the College contributed to the endowment, which is administered by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.
The Theodore and Elizabeth Pierson Friend Fund for Islamic Studies was created in 2005 and is used to support the Islamic Studies Program at Swarthmore College.
The Promise Fund, established anonymously by an alumnus on the occasion of his graduation, is administered by The Cooper Foundation Committee. Income from the Promise Fund brings guest speakers, artists, and performers in music, film, dance, and theater who show promise of distinguished achievement.
The Mary Herndon Ravdin ’50 Endowment for Partners in Ministry was established in memory of Mary Herndon Ravdin in 2008 by her husband, William D. Ravdin ’50. This fund supports the Partners in Ministry program at Swarthmore College.
The Lucinda M. Lewis ’70 and Sarah Reynolds ’09 Mathematics Endowment was established in 2012 by Robert J. Reynolds. This fund supports visiting scholars to the department of mathematics and student participation in conferences. Recipient(s) will be chosen by the chair of the department of mathematics.
The Edgar and Herta Rosenblatt Fund was created in 1967 and supports the work of the faculty at Swarthmore College.
The Ruach Endowment was created in 2000 to support Hillel activities on campus.
The Richard L. Rubin Scholar Mentoring Fund was established by Richard Rubin, a professor of political science and public policy at the College, in 2003. This fund supports the mentoring program, which the Dean’s Office administers.
The Bernie Saffran Lecture Endowment was established in 2007 by students, colleagues, and friends as a tribute to this beloved and esteemed member of the College faculty. This fund is administered by the Economics Department and supports expenses associated with bringing exceptional speakers to campus.
The Sager Fund of Swarthmore College was established in 1988 by alumnus Richard Sager ’73, a leader in San Diego’s gay community. To combat homophobia and related discrimination, the fund sponsors events that focus on concerns of the lesbian, bisexual, and gay communities and promotes curricular innovation in the field of lesbian and gay studies. The fund also sponsors an annual three-day symposium. The fund is administered by a committee of women and men from the student body, alumni, staff, faculty, and administration. In 2004, Richard Sager created an “internship” to provide funding for students in internships with nonprofit organizations whose primary missions address gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues. The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility administers the internship.
The Scheuer-Pierson Fund, established in 1978 by Walter and Marge Scheuer ’48, supports the Economics Department.
The Schmelz Family Endowment was established in 2012 by John and Diane Schmelz. This fund supports the athletics program at Swarthmore College and activities and expenses associated with the women’s basketball program, including training trips, winter break trips, and other program enhancing projects.
The Science Center Endowment Fund was established in 2003 with a gift from Peter Weinberger of the Class of 1964. Income from this endowment will be used to support the operations and maintenance of the Science Center.
The Science Center Support Endowment was established by numerous donors to support the operation of the renovated Science Center and related academic programs.
Harold E. and Ruth Caldwell Snyder Premedical Endowment Fund was established in 1988 by Harold Cincy Snyder ’29 in appreciation for the education he and his beloved wife, Ruth Caldwell Snyder ’31, received at Swarthmore College. The fund was fully endowed through a bequest in 1992 and supports a visiting lecturer in the medical profession with a preference for practitioners who treat each patient as a whole person.
The Gil and Mary Roelofs Stott Concert Fund was established in 1997 on the 25th anniversary of the Lang Music Building. The fund was created as an expression of deep affection for the Stotts by Eugene M. Lang, Class of 1938, to recognize their special artistic talents and all that they have meant to the Swarthmore community. Each year, a new musical composition will be commissioned by the College to be performed at an annual Gil and Mary Roelofs Stott Concert at which the Gil and Mary Roelofs Stott Resident Student Artist will perform.
The Mary and Gilmore Stott Honors Philosophy Seminar Endowment was created in 1998 by William G. Stott ’75 and by Christopher Niemczewski ’74. The fund supports a seminar offered by the Philosophy Department. It was established in honor of the parents of William G. Stott ’75.
The Swarthmore Chapter of Sigma Xi Lecture Series brings eminent scientists to the campus under its auspices throughout the year. Local members present colloquia on their own research.
The Thatcher Fund provides individualized assistance to students with disabilities. The purpose of the fund is to enable such students to take full advantage of the academic and extracurricular life of the College and to make Swarthmore a desirable choice for prospective students with disabilities. The fund was established in 1997.
The Phoebe Anna Thorne Memorial Endowment was created by a Thorne family member in 1911. The endowment supports the faculty of Swarthmore College.
The Pat Trinder Endowment was established by alumni and friends of Patricia E. Trinder, a member of the career planning and placement office staff, to honor her many years of dedication and support to students. The endowment supports programs to advance career planning and placement at Swarthmore College. It specifically supports alumni participation in the recruiting, placement, and mentoring efforts for students.
The P. Linwood Urban Jr. Partners in Ministry Endowment was created in recognition of the importance of a distinctive ecumenical program of spiritual nurture serving the entire Swarthmore College community. Income from the Urban endowment is distributed to Partners in Ministry to help provide for the compensation of the religious adviser and supporting staff of the Swarthmore Protestant community.
The Benjamin West Lecture, made possible by gifts from members of the Class of 1905 and other friends of the College, is given annually on some phase of art. It is the outgrowth of the Benjamin West Society, which built up a collection of paintings, drawings, and prints, which are exhibited, as space permits, in the buildings on campus. The lecture was named for the American artist who was born in a house that stands on the campus and became president of the Royal Academy.
The Dan and Sidney West House Endowment was established in 2006 by Giles and Barbara Kemp to honor Vice President Dan C. West and his wife, Sidney Childs West. The income from this endowment will be used to support the maintenance, upkeep, and program expenses of the campus residence and the gardens of the vice president for development, alumni, and public relations, which also serves as guest quarters and an entertainment venue for campus visitors.
The Wister Memorial Endowment was established in 2000 by John C. and Gertrude Wister to support the Scott Arboretum.
Kenneth R. Wynn ’74 Fund for Interdisciplinary Programs was created in 1998 to support interdisciplinary, language-based programs that embrace a more global view of language learning than traditional sources.
The Neil ’80 and Beth Yelsey Endowment was established in 2004 to further the objectives and purposes of Swarthmore College. The income is unrestricted.
The Young Family Endowment was established in 2003 by James and Jacqueline Young, parents of Scott Young ’06. The fund supports the Swarthmore College radio station, WSRN.