Dr. Janann Sherman is currently the Chair of the History Department within the College
of Arts and Sciences. She has assured her legacy at the University by bequeathing
a gift to the U of M Foundation through the Planned Giving Program.
In her own words, Dr. Sherman describes why she is Empowering the Dream:
As a department chair, I have had the opportunity to be involved in the awarding of
department scholarships and fellowships to numerous students over the years. I have
seen firsthand what a difference even a small award can have on the academic careers
of our students, and particularly our graduate students. Perhaps equally important,
beyond the award funds per se, the award itself conveys to the student a validation
that we, the faculty, believe the student has great potential, and we want to help
the student achieve that potential.
As historians, both professors and administrators, we have a significant impact everyday
on the lives of our students, and of all our responsibilities, this is the single
most satisfying aspect of what we do. And that satisfaction can be magnified 10-fold
by knowing that our donations and donor commitments today will assist countless numbers
of students in the future, long after we are gone.
By participating in the Planned Giving program at the U of M, I am able to create
a legacy at the university where I have spent so many personally and professionally
satisfying and fulfilling years.
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