NEW ALBANY —
One donation brought Indiana University Southeast about two-thirds of the way to its $1 million fundraising goal for the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center.
A donation from Norman and Millicent Stiefler for $655,000 was announced on Wednesday. The money will go to the Ogle Center Endowment Fund to help finance free tickets for children to attend shows at the facility.
IUS Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles said the donation resulted in renaming the Ogle Center Recital Hall the Millicent and Norman Stiefler Recital Hall.
“I think that is simply a wonderful legacy for them to help children understand arts and culture,” Patterson-Randles said. “They’re just so interested in this campus and what we’re doing to educate people here.”
In a press release, Norman Stiefler said he was glad his family was able to contribute to an organization that helps others.
“My parents and my sister, there were two things that they taught me that both Millicent and I have much appreciated,” Stiefler said. “One is the importance of education and the other is that, if you can, you help where you can. So we wanted to be able to give this small gift to this wonderful school and these wonderful people.”
The Stieflers have previously established two scholarship on the campus for students pursuing pre-dental, pre-medical or nursing degrees and students in the School of Business.
They’re also working to establish another scholarship for students pursuing an education in music.
Patterson-Randles said the Ogle Center has given out more than $1 million in free tickets through the years and more than 160,000 children have attended various cultural events there.
She said the university still hopes to meet its fundraising goal by the end of the year. If they do, the Paul W. Ogle Foundation will contribute another $250,000 to the Ogle Center Endowment.
“We truly appreciate the Stieflers’ multiple contributions to IU Southeast and their generosity to our campus,” Patterson-Randles said. “We are proud to name this the Millicent and Norman Stiefler Recital Hall.”