Sandretto Gift Benefits Student Programs
by John Gagnon, promotional writer
Michigan Tech received a gift of just over $280,000 from the estate of Rebecca M. C. Sandretto that will benefit a wide range of student programs.
"We are very grateful for Mrs. Sandretto's foresight in providing for this generous gift," said Eric Halonen, director of major gifts and gift planning at Michigan Tech's Office of Development. "The thoughtful allocation of these gift funds by her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Steve Stackhouse, will help us deliver a first-rate education to a great number of students."
Endowment support goes to the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, the Rail Transportation program, the Rozsa Center and the New Initiatives Fund. Cash support, much of which will be disbursed over a number of years, has been allocated to the Society of Automotive Engineers, the SAE Aero design team, the Concrete Canoe program, the Advanced Motor Sports program, the First Robotics Enterprise, the Rail Transportation program, the Department of Chemistry, and the School of Business and Economics for student-related travel, research and other projects.
Over the years, Mrs. Sandretto was always interested in and very impressed with the many accomplishments of the unique student projects across the campus. A longtime friend of Michigan Tech who died on Dec. 25, 2007, she had expressed the wish that her gift be used to support these student endeavors.
"Her generosity means more opportunity for our students," Halonen said in announcing the gift.