So says Linda Smith, distinguished professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences. In this video, learn why she and two of her peers are giving to their “home.”
Description of the video:
[ Music ]>> I've had one job, I came here at 25, joined the faculty, never left.>> I guess I always knew, I've always known, this is home.>> The person who I am, is very much affected by the opportunitiesthat I was given at Indiana University.>> I'm finally able to sort of say thank you and do something in return for the universitythat nurtured me and supported me all of these years.>> I'm often surprised by many people are sort of shocked that faculty would give.It's like, what do you do, you just work there, right?But, the faculty are the university.>> A faculty member has good insights where the organization can improve.>> Faculty are a very special part of the university.>> The faculty are essentially the glue that hold, in my view, the purposeand integrity of the university together.>> But over the long haul, IU is really, I think, a very well-run and wise kind of place.So I trust them.>> I think the beauty of a true major university is a place that promotes research, scholarship,high quality teaching, as well as a place that is open to diverse opinions and ideas.I get to make this, this you know, this wonderful gesture designed to kindof tell the story to the world about what we do here.>> Well, I'm giving it to my home.I just want them to be able to thrive.>> I'm directing my gifts to my department and so they can spend it on graduate travelor whatever the highest priority is, 5 years, or 10 years from now.>> I have the opportunity to play a role in shaping how these funds are used in real timeto benefit both our faculty, and our students in the area of criminal law.>> It dawned on me that really for my career,who I needed to thank was the psychology department at Indiana Universityand its entirety and so that's what I did.[ Music ] You know, certainly a hundred-million-dollar gift to name a school or building has a big impact.>> But a $500 gift to send a graduate student to a professional meeting,can be a real professional life changing impact on that one student.>> The fact that I'm able to now do something to build and to enhance what we do here and to knowthat that's going to carry forward, it matters that thisis the flagship university in a great state.>> And I feel an obligation and a responsibility to give back, to say thank you,to make this university a better place for future generations.>> It's a feeling that's very hard to describe. My entire life has been shaped by the factthat I'm here at this university.It's our home, it will always be our home.And the university is my home, my intellectual home.>> I owe my career to this place.I came in a baby and they made me a pretty good scientist.[ Music ]
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