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YSU receives $1 million donation

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The estate of a former faculty member of Youngstown State University donated $1 million to expand research scholarships and to bring distinguished humanities scholars to campus to teach and conduct research.

The gift from the estate of David Ives and his wife Helga will establish the David and Helga Ives Distinguished Visiting Humanities Scholar at YSU. The funded position will rotate among humanities disciplines.

Along with the humanities scholars, the donation will create the David and Helga Ives Veterans Scholarship. The flagpole in front of the YSU Veterans Resource Center on Wick Avenue in honor of Ives. Ives was a lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Also, the monetary donation will provide funding to the endowment for the YSU English Festival.

The donation will also expand two existing scholarships, the David and Sander Ives Award and the David and Helga Ives Humanities Scholarship.

The gift also includes non-monetary donations: nearly 5,000 books — including a couple rare books that will be restored — and more than 1,400 record albums of classical music to YSU's Maag Library, military memorabilia to the YSU Veterans Resource Center, memorabilia about YSU and the Ives to the University Archives, and a century-old tapestry for the Dean's Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Ives served 31 years as a professor of humanities, Latin, Greek, world literature, English, Italian, ancient history and western civilization.

He retired from YSU in 1984.

“Helga and David were committed to the university and to the classics and the humanities,” said Scott Schulick, a co-trustee of the Ives' estate. “This gift will allow those passions to live forever at YSU. We are pleased to be able to support the university and to remember David and Helga in this way.”

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