Keeping the Red Doors Open
Susan (Ettelman) ’77 and Steven Eisenhauer ’77
Make Campaign Gifts to Capital Projects and the Endowment
April 23, 2009
Sue and Steve Eisenhauer both feel that giving back to Muhlenberg is increasingly important as government aid decreases for prospective students. “I was a scholarship student myself,” says Steve. “Our goal is to keep the Red Doors open as much as possible.”
Longtime Muhlenberg Fund donors at the leadership level, Sue and Steve now serve as co-chairs of the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society (HMMS). Their past support has included a gift to Muhlenberg’s Life Sports Center – a wrestling room now bears their name, honoring Steve’s involvement on the wrestling team when he was a student.
“I also was involved in football and lacrosse,” says Steve. “And I dabbled a little bit in theatre.” Susan comments that the fact that the Center for the Arts (CA) was completed during their senior year and the growth of the nationally recognized performing arts programs at Muhlenberg that did not exist for most of their educational experience prompted them to recently establish The Eisenhauer Family Scholarship for Dance. “Since the CA was built, the arts have been more prominent at Muhlenberg and have added a lot to campus life,” says Steve. “We’re proud to support the arts in a tangible way with this scholarship.”
But they didn’t stop there. Through Susan’s giving and her efforts to spearhead alumni giving at her firm, Deloitte Tax LLP, and the other Deloitte U.S. Firms, the College unveiled the Deloitte Foundation Interview Room in The Career Center in fall 2008.
Sue and Steve met freshman year at a fraternity party and have been together ever since. Steve, who majored in economics and accounting, counts Lud Schlecht and Henry Richards, Professors of philosophy and economics respectively, as figuring prominently in his college career. Susan, who majored in political science and social science, says Charles Bednar, chair of the political science department, was instrumental in her life.
The Eisenhauers have volunteered in a variety of capacities since graduation – as Reunion and Class Fund Chairs, and Susan has served on the Alumni Board and as a Career Network Volunteer and member of the Career Panel. She is a current member of the Board of Trustees.
Both Susan and Steve say they have enjoyed their involvement with Muhlenberg over the years, and that they will continue to look for ways to increase opportunities for students. “What we’ve learned over the years is that the annual fund keeps Muhlenberg running, but capital and endowment gifts are also very important,” they say. “We’re extremely happy to serve the College in any way we can.”
For more information on establishing a scholarship at Muhlenberg, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 484-664-3247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.