Terra State Community College receives second largest gift in its history

Feb 27, 2024 | Schools | 0 comments

Frederick W. Recktenwald, right, gifted $600,000 to Terra State in memory of his late wife, Elaine Denman Recktenwald, left.

Terra State Community College has announced a $600,000 gift from Frederick W. Recktenwald in memory of his late wife, Elaine Denman Recktenwald, that will provide significant capital improvements and renovations to the activities center. It is the second-largest gift in Terra State’s 56-year history.

This historic gift provides naming rights to the existing Student Activities Center (SAC) which will be renamed the “Elaine Denman Recktenwald Activities Center.” The Elaine Denman Recktenwald Activities Center at Terra State Community College will continue to be a long-standing community resource for use by students, nonprofit organizations, business and industry partners, and the community at large for activities throughout the year. The college will utilize this generous gift to implement significant renovations including the installation of a new permanent gym floor; expansion of storage spaces with external access points; addition of fitness space and equipment; and a covered entrance walkway marking the entry as a focal point to the facility.

“I’m pleased to make this gift in honor of Elaine and her 50-year dedication as a professor, fundraiser and ambassador to Terra State Community College,” said Fred Recktenwald. “Elaine and I established an endowed scholarship in the Terra College Foundation many years ago to help students, and I want to build on that investment to honor her. I appreciate the effort given toward making my request come to fruition by President Ronald Schumacher, Chair of the Terra College Foundation Board Tom Hoffman, and CEO of the Terra College Foundation Jennifer Fehnrich. They spent many hours working with me to ensure my wishes were fulfilled.”

“This generous gift will ensure Professor Emerita Elaine Denman Recktenwald’s legacy at Terra State Community College and will be felt by students for many generations,” said Terra State Community College President Ronald M. Schumacher. “We are deeply honored that Fred has chosen to honor Elaine through a gift to Terra State benefiting students and the greater community for many years to come.”

Terra State Community College has been an integral part of Fred and Elaine’s lives over the years beyond their initial contributions, which helped to establish the Denman-Recktenwald Endowed Scholarship in 2004. Professor Emerita Elaine Denman Recktenwald served as one of the first full-time faculty members at Terra State and taught students in the areas of communications and speech for 35 years before retiring in 2007. Elaine also served on the Terra College Foundation Board from 2000 until her passing in 2021. Fred Recktenwald was a member of the Terra College Foundation Board from 2002 until 2009 and also served as Chair of the Foundation Board from 2002 until 2003. He also served the Terra State Community College Board of Trustees from 2003 until 2008.

“We are grateful to accept Fred Recktenwald’s generous investment of $600,000 in the futures of Terra State students and the community,” said Jennifer Fehnrich, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and CEO of the Terra College Foundation. “Listening to Fred talk about Elaine and understanding the level of devotion she gave to Terra State and the success of her students was incredibly inspiring. We are proud to provide naming rights and dedicate this facility to Elaine Denman Recktenwald.”

For more information about the Terra College Foundation, please contact Jennifer Fehnrich at (419) 559-2261, foundation@terra.edu, or visit Terra.edu/Foundation.

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