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Two New Staff Members Join Institutional Advancement Staff

Isabel de la Puente has joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as director of planned giving. She began her institutional advancement career in 1985 with seed money, given by the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College, to launch a development program that quickly became a model for colleges across the country. During her tenure, she was president of the Maryland Community College Resource Development Association and an adviser for the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

With more than 25 years in major gift fundraising in higher education and most recently in healthcare, Isabel has directed development programs including wills, trusts, charitable gift annuities, and blending major gifts with deferred giving plans to help maximize a donor’s philanthropic goals.

Isabel has a B.A. in Business Administration from National Louis University, is a trustee and officer for Youth Art for Healing, and resides in Frederick County, Md., with her four daughters.

Megan Daly Farmer joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as the new director of annual giving in September. Megan has more than eight years of fundraising experience in education and non-profits. Recently, she led the fundraising efforts for reunions and alumni affinity groups at Georgetown Law. Prior to that she worked at St. Timothy's School in Baltimore and the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C.

She grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Georgetown University. She lives outside of Annapolis with her husband Jack and their dog Millie.

Spirit T-shirt Sales

   Say Your Prayers
   This year's annual spirit T-shirt design

During Orientation 2012, the Office of Annual Giving and Students in Philanthropy sold spirit T-shirts to incoming families and students. Every year a new T-shirt design and slogan are selected to help build school spirit. This year’s slogan is “Say your prayers!” Over two days of Orientation, more than 400 T-shirts were sold, bringing in more than $4,000 in sales. All of the money collected goes directly to fund University athletics. T-shirts also were sold at the first home football game on Aug. 31 and will be sold again during Homecoming & Reunions Weekend.

If you would like to purchase this year’s spirit T-shirt, contact Mike Bzozowski in the Office of Annual Giving. Mike can be reached at extension 6902 or via email,

Alumna and Professor Remembers University in Her Estate

The University recently received a gift of $25,000 from the estate of E. Catherine Dunn. The unexpected gift has been directed to the Lorraine Elisabeth Cella Memorial Scholarship, which was established to support graduate students who are studying medieval history or the related fields of European or Renaissance history and who demonstrate financial need and sincere interest in their studies.

Dunn received both her master’s (1940) and Ph.D. (1946) at Catholic University. She was known for her love of learning and, specifically, her intense interest in higher education at a time when it was largely a man’s field. She went on to teach at Catholic University for 30 years and served as the chair of the Department of English during some of that time. Dunn’s generosity will help ensure the continuation of the University’s mission to provide a quality education to our students.