Philip and Pamela Donovan
Pamela and I have been fortunate to be involved with the Travel Enrichment Fund of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Memphis.
As an alumnus of the Fogelman College of Business, I found my way to the doorstep
of the CAS through my friend, Dean Henry Kurtz. We got to know one another better
through the CAS Advisory Board. Henry learned of Pamela and my extensive travels through
this great world. Pamela and I learned that the college had a need to assist students
and faculty with travel for their studies and research. This made it natural for us
to get involved and initiate this assistance. The Travel Enrichment Fund was born
in the spring of 2004.
Pamela and I have always been inspired to travel, possibly because of our career U.S.
Marine Corps fathers having done so in service to country. We have always found the
learning part of going to another culture the thing that adds meaning to life. Understanding
others and their history imbues one with a sense of belonging to all mankind.
In establishing the fund, we requested that an annual luncheon be held so that recipients
would present their travel stories to an audience of interested parties. We can't
begin to describe the joy we have taken from these luncheons! To see young people
so excited and involved in the world of learning and to see the impact that the University
is having in the world is just beyond valuation. One cannot attend and not come away
inspired. There is a force for good in the world seen in these students and faculty.
Pamela and I are committed to the Travel Enrichment Fund, the College of Arts and
Sciences and the University of Memphis. Our lives would be much poorer without this
involvement and know that you too can find your passion within the College of Arts
All the best,
Philip F. Donovan