Grad donates $5K for scholarshipin late Chicago State prof’s name

SHARE Grad donates $5K for scholarshipin late Chicago State prof’s name

Chicago State University Fall 2011 graduate, Tiffany Richmond donated $5,000 to establish a scholarship for her late professor, Terrence Kearney, Ph.d

Tiffany Richmond isn’t much different from the average profile of students at Chicago State University.

She grew up poor; joined the U.S. Army after high school; was only able to attend college with financial aid – in her case, the GI Bill; and she needed to work while earning her bachelor’s degree.

But the 29-year-old did something unusual when she completed her business degree Dec. 15.

She donated $5,000 she’d scrimped to save up to the CSU Foundation – to establish a scholarship in the name of her late marketing professor Terrence Kearney, who died last month of cancer.

“I was just moved to do it, and was happy to,” said Richmond, who called Kearney a “mentor” who pushed her to succeed. “ . . . I knew I wanted to eventually give back to CSU, but it just hit me that I could give this little amount now, and maybe inspire others to know that you don’t have to have a whole lot, to give back.”

Officials with CSU say they can’t recall a student taking a similar action in the school’s recent history.

“Professor Kearney was just a very engaging educator, very warm and caring, and when Tiffany found out they’d both served in the armed forces, it really helped create a bond,” said Yvette Clayton, director of experiential learning at CSU’s business school.

“When we went to the funeral, she was so sad. As educators, you never know your impact on a student.”Kearney, who died at age 60, had been on CSU’s faculty for 16 years, having served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, then taught at DePaul and Marquette universities before joining the South Side school.

Richmond came to CSU last year with an associate’s degree she earned while in the Army. She took three of Kearney’s courses, and was a Presidential Scholar who graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

The Latest
The 25-year-old was found about 10:35 p.m. inside a first-floor apartment in the 6500 block of South Greenwood Avenue with a gunshot wound to the face. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Residents reported tornadoes touching down in Sugar Grove, Hinckley and Waterman. Chicago hit 74 degrees, missing the record by one degree. Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper teens to low 20s, overnight, with snow and rain arriving for the morning commute.
The 2-for-29 shooting from three-point range was bad enough, but what really disappointed Bulls coach Billy Donovan was the team’s lack of hustle in what was still a winnable game until late in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders regularly churn out high-major-college prospects, but it is the team-first senior guards who have been the key to coach Rob Brost’s tenure.