Full Circle - Inspire Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Full Circle

Full CircleAs President and CEO of the World Environmental Center, Terry F. Yosie (HS'75, '81) still uses the skills he learned at Carnegie Mellon on a daily basis.

According to Yosie, CMU taught him the importance of collaboration and how to go about it. While his major was history, he spent most of his time interacting with faculty and students in other departments, learning from their insights, expanding his perspective, and honing his ability to solve problems in CMU's trademark interdisciplinary fashion.

"My experience at Carnegie Mellon has served me very well throughout my career," said Yosie. "What transpired at CMU was the beginning of what turned out to be a life-long learning process."

Yosie made the most of his Carnegie Mellon experience, grateful for the opportunity to study at a top-tier university.

As an Andrew Mellon fellow, he was once the beneficiary of someone else's generous support. That's why Yosie chooses to give back to CMU today.

In support of the Inspire Innovation campaign, Yosie has pledged a gift of $25,000 to an existing endowed fellowship, named in honor of Joel Tarr, Carnegie Mellon's Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History & Policy. The fellowship enables students to research the history of the urban environment and develop urban technological systems.

"I was somebody who would never have been able to afford a university like Carnegie Mellon," explained Yosie. "So I think it's important for someone like myself to complete the circle and begin to make the Carnegie Mellon experience available to students today, who otherwise may not be able to attend."

Yosie hopes other alumni will follow his example by supporting today's students, as well as future generations, with their giving.

He also encourages students to challenge themselves to reach a personal level of excellence in their disciplines and beyond, and wants them to know that they have what it takes to be successful in today's global economy.

"To paraphrase Frank Sinatra: If you can make it at Carnegie Mellon, you can make it anywhere," Yosie said.

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