Grunebaum and Wife Create Trust for All College Honors

Grunebaum and Wife Create Trust for All College Honors

Posted: October 17, 2012

James O. Grunebaum, Buffalo State professor emeritus of philosophy and humanities, and his wife, Penelope Prentice, are helping to attract a new generation of honor students to Buffalo State.

Grunebaum and Prentice established a $500,000 charitable remainder unitrust that will support students in Buffalo State’s All College Honors Program. They committed this generous gift during the silent phase of Transforming Lives: A Campaign for Buffalo State, a $20 million fundraising initiative the university is embarking upon over the next three years.

Available only by special admission, the All College Honors Program offers selected students seven identified honors classes, as well as honors credit through various disciplines. Currently, approximately 200 students are enrolled.

Grunebaum, who joined the Buffalo State faculty in 1971, directed the All College Honors Program from 1987 to 1999. He excelled in this position and earned the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997. He retired in 2005.

"I loved teaching in the honors program," Grunebaum said. "The classes were small; the kids were bright and hard-working. It was just a delight."

Every year since he began directing the program, Grunebaum personally funded one student scholarship annually. Additionally, he, along with his mother, Helen, and his brother, Robert, demonstrated a deep commitment to the program by establishing the Grunebaum Family Scholarship Fund in 2002.

Grunebaum said he wanted to ensure the highly regarded program continues to recruit excellent students into the future.

"I've been involved with the All College Honors Program from the beginning," Grunebaum said. "It's important to Buffalo State to attract good students who might not come here without the extra incentives the program provides."

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3 Comments

kimberly blessing
December 5, 2012
<p>Jim and Penelope, On behalf of your friends and colleagues in philosophy and religious studies, thank you for your very generous donation to the All College Honors Program. I have always known you to be generous to your friends, including those at BSC. I am sure this will help to secure places for more excellent students at the College. We thank you both from the bottom of our happy hearts! Warm regards, Kimberly Blessing</p>
Steve Saracino
October 23, 2012
James, Penelope and family, As a long-time faculty member teaching within the Honors Program (Honors 103 Studio) I am thrilled that such a wonderful scholarship fund has been endowed for this exceptional program. Thank you for you generosity and for ensuring the stable future for one of the best educational experiences offered at the college. Cordially, Steve Saracino
Andrea Guiati
October 19, 2012
Thank you James, Penelope and family for setting up the Grunebaum Family Scholarship Fund. Many students will benefit from your most generous gift, allowing us to welcome more students in to the program. Directing the program since 1999, after your departure, has been a challenge and a pleasure for me. Like you, I love teaching HON 100 and HON 400, the students work hard and deliver. Every graduating class, and I have seen eleven since I became director, has taken a piece of me with them, because they were/are more than students to me. The program, thanks to your hard work for twelve years, is a family of scholars. I consider myself lucky to be a part of, along with many other people I could not do without. Fondly, Andrea Guiati

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