“When I travel and meet strong, bright, and
generous CNR graduates, I
know I am part of a rich tradition, that Ursuline gift of risk-taking,
passion for excellence, and energizing the spirit through real service.”
Dr. Carole Weaver
Director of Gift Planning
The College of New Rochelle
Tell us a little about
your background, Dr. Weaver.
I hail from Maryland. I
was the first in my family to graduate from College, from Mount Saint
Agnes. It was small – less than 400 women – but it was where I
flourished, starring in all the plays, and graduating as
valedictorian. From there I went to the University of Maryland in
College Park where I earned a Master’s and Doctorate in English – and
in between went to teach the troops in Europe.
I have been a New Yorker
since 1979. I have two grown sons who live and work in
California; one is making films and the other works in
television. My marriage to an international art appraiser in 2008
provides me with travel opportunities to Switzerland, Toronto, Bermuda
and areas closer to home like Boston, Chicago, and Vermont. This
has been a wonderful chapter in my life, but, in fact, most of the
chapters have been pretty great.
What are your
responsibilities here at the College?
Planned giving is my area of
responsibility. I focus on estate gifts, charitable gift
annuities, insurance gifts, or tangible gifts like real estate or
art. A planned gift is any gift which takes time to mature, as
opposed to an immediate gift of cash or stock. I also take care
of some of our more seasoned donors – graduates of the 30s-50s.
By that I mean I keeping in touch, inviting them to CNR events, and of
course asking for support. It is my role in the College’s capital
campaign effort and I attend to it with great regard for the remarkable
women and men whom I continue to meet. I sometimes write articles
for Quarterly, and I often design ads related to my field.
What are some of the
alumnae/i give to The College of New Rochelle?
They give because they are grateful – CNR changed their
lives with an education which continues to serve them well. Often
they received scholarships and want to return the favor to current
students – I hear that so much. They give because they want to be
remembered beyond their lifetime through an endowment or specially
named space on campus. They also give because of a deep and
abiding respect for the Ursulines, and their commitment to keeping the
Ursuline charism a vibrant part of CNR’s mission.
Tell us the personal
stories of one or two students who have benefited from the generosity
of alumnae/i who have left endowments to the College?
The McEntegart sisters come
to mind immediately. As devoted graduates, they established an
endowed scholarship for the child of a single parent because their
mother put each of them through school despite her financial struggles
as their only provider. Shamika Powell completed her education at
CNR in 2006 while raising a small child, with the help of this endowed
scholarship. The thoughtfulness of the McEntegarts will last long
beyond their lives.
Years ago, at Christmas time
I was handed $10,000 to start an endowed scholarship in memory of an
alumna who died a few months before. Her name was Mary Lou Maiolo
Zuanelli, Class of 1960. Over time, many family members
contributed toward a $100,000 endowed scholarship for a student who has
a passion for Spanish and teaching. I remember meeting Nadege
Louis for the first time last fall. She is bright, and her
excitement about learning Spanish is infectious. She is also very
grateful that this kind of help is available to her.
How does an alumna who
wants to remember the College in their will or trust approach CNR?
Call me or send an
email. I love a good conversation! Really, it can be as
simple as using the legal name of the College in their estate
plans. I can assist them if they would like to include CNR in
their will. The Heritage Society recognizes donors who provide
for the College in this way. Of course, there are other ways to
give to CNR, ways that allow the donor to receive an income for life,
through a trust or annuity arrangement. I am happy to help guide
them toward a gift that will benefit them and The College of New
As you said, you went to
an all women’s college and now you are here at The College of New
Rochelle. What do you see that is special and unique about CNR?
It is a physical and
spiritual environment where young women can think, dream, and create
their best selves, and keep creating for a lifetime! My work in
fund-raising allows me to enrich an institution where students thrive,
and where wisdom provides new meaning to their lifelong experiences and
service to others. That’s what makes the College worthy of the
attention needed for such an endeavor. When I travel and meet
strong, bright, and generous CNR graduates, I know I am part of a rich
tradition, that Ursuline gift of risk-taking, passion for excellence,
and energizing the spirit through real service.