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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
March 28, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Alumni's Donation to Support Humanities Lecture Fund

PITTSBURGH—A Massachusetts couple who met while they were students at Carnegie Mellon University have made a generous gift to help support the Humanities Scholars Program, which is being launched this fall by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS).

Kim and Eric Giler have given $25,000 to establish the Kim and Eric Giler Humanities Lecture Fund, which will pay for visits by outside scholars and internal workshop events for students in the Humanities Scholars Program.

Kim Giler is a 1978 graduate of H&SS with a degree in English and Spanish. Her husband, a 1977 graduate from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, is the founder and CEO of Brooktrout Inc., which develops high tech telecommunications equipment.

"I just was so impressed with the way Carnegie Mellon prepared me for the real world. I was immediately able to get a job with my English and also my Spanish," Kim Giler said.

The couple resides in Wellesley, Mass. They have three children: Benjamin, 18; Sam, 15; and Lillian, 10.

"I always have appreciated the diversity that comes from a well-rounded background and I think helping out in those areas at Carnegie Mellon will help the university at large. And that's from a person who came from the technical side of the school," Eric Giler said.

The Humanities Scholars Program will be a rigorous, four-year interdisciplinary program open by invitation to select H&SS applicants. The curriculum has been designed and will be team-taught by faculty in the humanities departments—English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy. It will be open to 20 freshman students each year.

"This very generous gift will make a substantial contribution to enhancing the intellectual climate not only of the Humanities Scholars Program but of the university as a whole," said Michael West, the director of the Humanities Scholars Program.

John Lehoczky, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said the Humanities Scholars Program and the scholars it will bring to campus will benefit all humanities students.

"I praise the idea of young alumni giving back in a way that's so beneficial to important endeavors of the college," Lehoczky said.


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