In 2012, the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering moved to a new phase in its development, made possible through generous philanthropy. This began with the creation of a $1M teaching lab. Four companies — Balfour Beatty Construction; Lane Construction; Shirley Contracting; and Gauthier, Alvarado & Associates — offered construction and design services to leverage university money several times over to construct the lab. The next phase was to equip that lab: Shirley Contracting and Lane Construction stepped up again with major gifts, and Dominion Energy donated funds for a Universal Testing Machine. But many more modest gifts in combination were just as powerful. Companies and individuals made generous gifts to create a lab that has transformed our students’ education.
On the heels of this success, a commitment from Balfour Beatty Construction allows the department to offer a $10,000 Balfour Beatty Distinguished Graduate Fellowship to recruit truly outstanding graduate students to study with our faculty.
And in addition to that, Sid and Reva Dewberry – long time supporters and advocates for the department – made a very major gift. To honor them, the department has become the first named department at George Mason University.
In 2014, there was more good news: the department was the recipient of the largest endowed professorship in George Mason University’s history, the $3M Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Professorship in Civil Infrastructure Engineering. This gift recognized the contributions of Bill and Eleanor Hazel to building America’s infrastructure as well as to creating a skilled and educated workforce. This professorship was a shared gift attracting commitments from over thirty friends and associates of Mr. and Mrs. Hazel, people who joined with the Hazel family to create a new faculty position with dramatic impact on the future of the department.
Your CEIE Legacy. This momentum has opened exciting new possibilities for the department. Join us to create your legacy in the long-lasting, far-reaching ways made possible with gifts to higher education, whether you are CEIE alumni, or someone who hires CEIE graduates, or you are simply committed to building America’s future by opening academic opportunities to students and faculty.
Each new gift – large or small; alone or shared — takes us to a new level. Brainstorm with us to develop and underwrite a great new initiative. Open a door for an eager undergraduate to take a place in our department. Fund a distinguished fellowship to recruit a graduate student who will push engineering science forward. Support a student-driven activity that pulls together education, imagination, excitement, and leadership. Create opportunities for junior faculty to surge forward with investment that transforms a research vision to a research reality.
Recognition: Leave a legacy that creates opportunities for students with a lifetime to benefit from your gift. Every gift is important. Major gifts in categories of:
- Contributors $1,000 to $9,999
- Sponsors $10,000 to $99,999
- Benefactors $100,000 to $999,999
- Patrons $1,000,000 and greater
are recognized on our wall of donors in the heart of our department.
Ways of Giving: Giving can be directed toward a particular initiative, for example, our teaching laboratory, an undergraduate scholarship, a graduate fellowship, a student and faculty travel fund, an endowed faculty chair, or support for a student group. Or it can be an undesignated gift ready for investment in a strategic initiative at just the right moment.
Giving can be planned as a single gift, as a planned series of gifts, or as part of estate planning. It can be in the form of:
- Cash (checks should be made payable to GMU Foundation and sent to the CEIE Department Chairman)
- Estate Plans
- Life Insurance
- Retirement Plan Assets
- Real Estate
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The first step: To discuss giving to the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, contact:
Dr. Liza Wilson Durant
CEIE Chairman (acting)
Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444