Congratulations are in order for D-SIP’s two newest doctors—Molly Dobson and Shelley Strickland. In December, Molly was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at winter commencement. Her gifts of time, talent and money have shaped D-SIP into what it is today. Besides being the founding donor, Molly always volunteers to be a guest speaker in the Friday class to share her journey and thoughts on philanthropy with the summer interns. A specific gift of Molly’s allows D-SIP to place four of its interns into Ann Arbor community nonprofits. Molly has always been a wonderful supporter of the program and is well deserving of her honorary degree.
It is no joke that Dr. Shelley Strickland defended for her Ph.D on April 1, 2013. It is also not a joke that more than 20 D-SIPers were in the audience. Shelley came to Ann Arbor to pursue her Ph.D in higher education and to develop the curriculum for the D-SIP program. D-SIP has been benchmarked by at least 7 other institutions of higher education, and has been nationally recognized by the Council for Advancement and Secondary Education (CASE). Such success would not have been possible without the unique educational curriculum created by Shelley. While there were many D-SIP alumni at Shelley’s dissertation, there were hundreds of others supporting her throughout the country. Alumni demonstrated their support by donating to D-SIP in honor of Shelley. Their gifts will provide more funding for Shelley’s educational class and curriculum. We will keep you posted with how the money is used!
Congratulations to Molly and Shelley. D-SIP is lucky to have such incredible individuals involved in the program, and D-SIP certainly would not be what it is today had they not been involved.