Campus Mom's Contributions Are Vast
Barbara Smeltzer can't help but talk about the University of Dubuque like a proud parent. She's the campus mom after all.
When Barb retired after 31 years as an elementary teacher, she didn't intend to start a career in academia. But at her alma mater's request, she agreed to coordinate field placements in the education department for one year.
Now she's been at UD for 17 years, including the last 14 as undergraduate student resources advisor, better known as "campus mom."
"A student asked how many children I have and I said, ‘about 1,700,'" Barb says. "I'm enjoying every minute of it."
Barb and her husband, Jack, spend so much time with students that Jack is affectionately referred to as "pops" or "campus dad," and received an honorary degree from UD in 2002.
A Gift to Honor Quality Education
Yet the Smeltzers decided to make a bequest to UD long before they became the campus parents. Barb, who studied elementary education and English at UD, says she was prepared for her career when she graduated in 1966. She saw this same trait in the UD students who visited her classroom as student teachers or clinical observers. The Smeltzers' bequest honored the quality of a UD education-and the gift continues to grow.
"I've become more and more of a believer," Barb says. "The longer I am there, the bigger the gift will get."
The Smeltzers also set up an endowed scholarship in her dad's name, Major General Francis J. Kelly, for ROTC cadets.
In making their estate gift, the Smeltzers took advantage of an estate review service through UD. The review offered good ideas, including tax advantages and how to expand the gift, Jack says.
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