President Oxholm presents Rosemary Blankley
with a gift in recognition of her leadership and loyalty.
For more than 20 years, Rosemary Deniken Blankley’s ’57, ’06H name has been synonymous with the Annual Fund. Starting this year, she is taking on a new role— National Chair of Leadership Gifts, with the goal of increasing support for Arcadia University.
Madeline Johnson Stein ’68, Chair of the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, notes, “Rosemary’s lifetime of experiences at Arcadia coupled with her incredible loyalty to the University make her the perfect person to launch a new effort aimed at strengthening alumni engagement and giving.”
As National Chair of Leadership Gifts, Blankley helped shape the vision of Arcadia’s new Gateway Society. With an emphasis on expendable, unrestricted contributions to the Annual Fund, the Gateway Society recognizes those giving $25,000 or more annually.
“Rosemary’s leadership at Arcadia started when she was a student and has never stopped.” —Nick Costa, Former Vice President for University Advancement
“Rosemary’s leadership at Arcadia started when she was a student and has never stopped. She co-chaired the ‘Athletes for Beaver’ campaign that contributed to the gymnasium. She served as a Trustee for 12 years, as the National Chair of the Annual Fund, and a Co-Chair of the recently completed At Home & in the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University” says Nick Costa, Vice President for University Advancement. In recognition of her athletic achievements, she is an inaugural member of the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2008.
Watch the excitement as high school students learn about the Walter E. Blankley Scholarship Program.
A tour of campus also reveals Rosemary and Walter Blankley’s impact on Arcadia. Blankley Field and the Blankley Alumni House are two of the most visible examples of their generosity. In addition, the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride was initiated under her leadership. Most recently, the University announced the new Walter E. Blankley Scholarship program, which provides four-year scholarships for students from the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, Fla., to attend Arcadia. Walter serves as a Trustee of the center, and he and Rosemary are loyal donors.
Rosemary appreciates how gifts from other alumni helped her as a student. “Their gifts made it possible for me to attend Beaver College through a scholarship and travel to national and international athletic events, which taught me so much. Today, I’m happy to give back so that today’s students have as many opportunities as I enjoyed.”
She is pleased to announce that her classmate, Jean Stout Fletcher ’57, along with Jon Greskiewicz ’99 and Corinne Royer Greskiewicz ’02, became the new National Annual Fund Co-Chairs in January.
“Because the size of our alumni base has grown so significantly in recent years, I think co-chairs help to reach out to the more recent classes,” says Blankley. “I wish them the best of success as they work to support the University.