Personal impact of $15M gift to MSU

Dan Gilbert

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Wednesday students and staff at Michigan State University had a lot of reasons to celebrate.

6 News was here for you as head of Quicken Loans Dan Gilbert and his wife Jennifer donated $15-million to the university.

The money will help refurbish the Breslin Center and support students in Detroit.

But it will also help students with disabilities on Michigan State’s campus.

Unlike many Spartans, Charlie Gentzkow looks at things a little differently.

He is one of almost 2000 students who visit MSU’s “Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities” each year.

Their goal?

To give them the technology and resources to achieve their full potential.

“They want their students to do good things,” explains Gentzkow. “And they’re giving every students a chance, and that’s all that matters.”

And now the center can take things a step further.

Providing students with the learning tools they need, like a braille notetaker for those who are blind.

“It just goes to show that alumni really care about this university and they want people to be successful here,” Gentzkow adds.

When director of the center, Michael Hudson first heard about the donation he says it brightened everyone’s day.

“To think that we’re got people in our community that care enough about our mission that see our needs and see how hard were working, it was powerful to each of our staff here.”

The donation will help hire more of those staff members just like Angela Sebald, who the endowment was named after. She is a specialist for blindness and visional impairment at the center.

“At first you’re taken back because in my mind, I’m doing my job and so, it’s really an amazing thing,” enthused Sebald.

And for others like Charlie the money will allow more one-on-one time between students and staff.

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