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Program enhancement

Centers that matter

Annual fund

Faculty & program development fund

Gifts to the Faculty and program development fund enable the university to establish and maintain academic development to benefit our entire community.  

In addition to bolstering educational initiatives, unrestricted academic giving provides resources for professors to shape the curriculum toward new methodologies, bring a speaker to campus, organize a seminar, launch a new program, support special projects, or increase field workshops and visits. 

This fund is also used to help AUR attract and retain the very best faculty, those who are leading scholars in their fields. 

The James Walston Fund

The James Walston Fund was launched by alumnae Sally Pisch (International Relations, 2010) and Caitlin Bagby (International Relations, 2009) in May 2014 following the premature passing of Professor James Walston.


Walston taught at AUR for a quarter of a century and was one of its most beloved professors, providing his students with fascinating classes and real-world experiences, always combined with habitually gentle wisdom. This fund supports initiatives in his memory, including student support, travel, and lectures. 

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