Alumni and Friends
Former Dean Makes Gift That Supports Many Voices
Ever an advocate of free speech, Don Sikkink gave voice to those whose stories and perspectives might otherwise never be heard. A former dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, among other notable positions at St. Cloud State, Don, 89, passed away Jan. 23 in Tucson, Arizona.
His legacy, however, speaks on.
Whether through an endowed fund he and his wife, Arlene, set up years ago to fund a library/speaker program or through a gift in his will, Don strove to help maintain the school's high standards of educational opportunity for students.
The Sikkinks' endowed fund supports one or more speakers every year with a preference for those who, "in Don's words would 'be in jail were it not for the First Amendment,'" says Jeffrey Ringer, chair of the Communication Studies Department.
"If it weren't for this fund, we couldn't bring such significant speakers to campus," Ringer says. "We simply couldn't do it without this type of support. It gets used every year and has been extremely important."
Speakers and other recent thought-provoking projects include Tim Miller, one of the NEA Four, and showings of The Forgiveness Project and Green Card Voices, both of which were located in high-traffic areas on campus.
Thanks to the Sikkinks' care, compassion—and action—today's important voices are clearly heard.
Be an advocate for St. Cloud State's educational excellence and a voice for all by creating an endowment or giving a gift in your estate plan. To learn more, contact Bob Beumer at 320-308-3716 or email@example.com today.
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