Gifts in Action Stories

The generosity of our donors makes a real difference in the lives of our students and faculty -- and in the lives of the donors themselves. These College of Music benefactors and beneficiaries describe the powerful impact of giving in their own words.

  • Henry Nelson: Henry Nelson, a distinguished College of Music alumnus, has established an endowed scholarship for future music educators.
  • Selma Hollander: Selma Hollander's support of the College of Music spans more than 50 years.
  • Ken and Carole Yerrick: Ken Yerrick, a member of the Spartan Marching Band trombone section from 1959-62, and his wife, Carole, recently made a donation that covered the cost of the band jackets of all 80 SMB freshmen.
  • Doug and Ginny Jewell: A chance meeting with College of Music Dean James Forger on idyllic Mackinac Island one warm summer day determined the direction of Doug and Ginny Jewell’s plans for giving back to MSU.
  • The MSU Federal Credit Union gives the College of Music $1 million to fund the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence Endowment, the largest-ever investment in the college’s curriculum.
  • The Cook Recital Hall, named in honor of longtime supporters of MSU and the College of Music Byron and Dolores Cook, was dedicated on October 12, 2012.
  • Howard Gourwitz knows firsthand that the power of music can make a tremendous difference in a young person’s life.

To establish your own named fund, or to learn how you can support the College of Music in other ways, call (517) 353-9872 or email Rebecca Surian, director of development, at