The endowment was established in honor of printing industry veteran Ray Prince, who passed away May 1, 2020. Cal Poly Professor Emeritus Harvey Levenson and Graphic Communication Department Advisory Board member Ray Hartman led the two-part endowment fund drive. The first part has been achieved. The second part, to raise an additional $70,000 by the end of 2021 to enhance the endowment’s annual earnings for student scholarships, is ongoing.
The funds will be used to establish annual scholarships in Prince’s name and to further growth in the Graphic Communication Department. It will support students, teaching resources, and faculty development. It also will ensure ongoing student preparation to enter a dynamic industry serving the graphic communication needs of society today and in the future.
“These are areas that Ray Prince previously supported and deemed important in preparing students to become uniquely qualified to enter our industry,” Levenson says. “With over 50 years of printing industry involvement, Ray was committed to the growth of the industry through service, education and employee professional development.”
Hartman adds, “Raymond Prince was an early mentor of mine as I was getting established in the industry after graduating from Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department. He was a tireless champion to guide printers in making progressive capital expenditures and innovations in technologies for their growing printing companies. Ray also widely promoted the importance for owners to allocate funding and management mentoring sessions to educate the growing diverse workforce in printing companies for sustainable long-term success.”
Founders of The Raymond J. Prince Graphic Communication Future Leader Scholarship Endowment include industry notables Sid Chadwick, Twila Cummings, Francisco Diaz, Laura Gale, Ray Hartman, Heidelberg Corp., Jerry Hill, Nelson Ho, John Hyde, John St. John, the Harvey and Barbara Levenson family, Jim Mekis, Guy and Elizabeth Montgomery, Michael R. Murphy, Joe Polanco, John Pope, Paul Reilly, George and Susan Ryan, Bob Tapella, Janet Treer, Colleen Twomey, Larry Warter, and Jim Workman.
“We are eternally grateful to all endowment founders and for the support that Ray Prince provided for our students, faculty, staff and overall facilities," says Colleen Twomey, chair of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department. "We will continue Ray Prince’s legacy in perpetuity through scholarships and program improvement initiatives in his name.”
To participate in The Raymond J. Prince Graphic Communication Future Leader Scholarship Endowment, contact Twomey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-469-9726.