A Naples couple made a very generous gift yesterday to Florida Gulf Coast University.
The two and a half million dollar gift from Alan and Marilyn Korest will be matched by the state and endow the Bower School of Music. FGCU’s Music program got underway this fall. Marilyn Korest is the daughter of the late Edwin Bower who was a well known Collier County philanthropist . F-G-C-U President Bill Merwin acknowledged the gift at a well attended reception.
“Today we are here to witness uncommon munificence that will make a difference in our society”
Merwin has worked to launch a music program at FGCU since he joined the University in 1999. The 25 students enrolled in the program were front and center at the reception – showcasing their talent. FGCU is offering degrees in performance and teaching with plans to expand the program to include Music Therapy.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s fledgling music program got a huge boost today - a two and a half million dollar gift from Alan and Marilyn Korest of Naples. The gift will be matched by the State’s Major Gifts Trust Fund – endowing the Bower School of Music. Marilyn Korest is the daughter of the late Edwin Bower. Florida Gulf Coast University President Bill Merwin says the music program fills an important educational niche.
“According to the Florida Department of Education projection, by 2010 there will be nearly 400 music vacancies in the state of Florida. This program therefore responds directly to that emerging state need”.
FGCU’s baccalaureate program in music got underway this fall. Twenty five students are enrolled. Degrees are offered in performance and teaching. And there are plans to expand the program to include a degree in Music Therapy.
Friday, 10 November 2006 00:00
BowerWritten by Valerie Alker