About UMSI supporters
Folks who support UMSI come from a wide variety of backgrounds and help the school in a number of ways - find out more about them!
Wallace and Joyce Bonk : The generous spirit of two great friends of the School of Information, Joyce and Wallace Bonk, was celebrated on April 3, 2013, a at ceremony to name the UMSI Office of Student Affairs in North Quad in their honor. Wallace Bonk was a professor of library science at Michigan and served as the department chair from 1964-1967. Following his death in 1979, his wife, Joyce, a curator in the Clements Library, established a scholarship fund at the school in his memory. To date, that legacy has funded 21 scholarships at UMSI. Joyce passed away in June 2012, and her generous bequest to the school will not only provide scholarships for future generations but will also endow a new student assistantship with the Clements Library.
Michael Cohen: This beloved UMSI professor passed in 2013 after a courageous fight with cancer. The scholarship fund established in his name keeps his memory alive with current UMSI students. Read more about the man and the scholarships.
Roger and Carin Ehrenberg: Roger Ehrenberg, a successful venture capitalist, and his wife Carin, saw a future in the entrepreneurial efforts of the students and faculty at UMSI, and helped the school establish the Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship. Read more about their generous gift.
Judy & Than Field: A new scholarship fund will support the entrepreneurial aspirations and activities of current UMSI students, thanks to the generosity and vision of Judy and Than Field.
The Judy and Than Field Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endowment Scholarship Fund will provide need-based assistance for students to attend entrepreneurial events and to support initiatives and activities that enhance students’ educational experiences. Preference will be given to UMSI students engaged in collaborative projects with students from the Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering. Examples of initiatives include Start-up Treks, the South by Southwest mix-pitch competition, MPowered pitches and other entrepreneurial activities.
“Information — the need for it and the quality and reliability of it — is the foundation of many professions,” said Judy in describing the couple’s motivation for establishing their scholarship fund. “The need for reliable and accurate information is an underlying need of entrepreneurs. I hope our gift will serve to remind them of the importance that teamwork can play in their successes.”
Judy also supports the Judith J. Field Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance to students interested in the field of special librarianship and students who are strongly committed to librarianship, are interested in providing quality service, are forward-thinking and demonstrate a strong potential for leadership.
Judy is a three-time graduate of the University of Michigan, holding a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees: an MBA and an AMLS (’63). She is a Professional in Residence at Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science. She was inducted into the Special Library Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and Janet Netz: Former UMSI Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, committed to a $2.5 million bequest to the school, among the largest in University of Michigan history by a dean to his own school or college. The couple will establish the Jeffrey MacKie-Mason Professor of Information, a tenured faculty position within the school. Read more about the gift.
Marc Weiser: A gift from U-M alum Marc Weiser (BSE ’95, MBA ’00) will support a new entrepreneurial award for UMSI students. Marc is the founder and managing director of RPM Ventures, an IT venture firm based in Ann Arbor. The Weiser iEntrepreneur Award will recognize students’ entrepreneurial pursuits. “They may not get grades or credit for their efforts,” says Marc, “but these students deserve a tremendous amount of respect. I hope this prize helps instill the confidence to take the risk of becoming an entrepreneur. The School of Information is a perfect fit for today’s entrepreneurial thinkers.” We greatly appreciate Marc’s gift, which will fund this award over 4 years.