Jan 8, 2004 — Yeshiva University honored Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein of Columbus, OH, at a dedication last month for an undergraduate honors program bearing their names. The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program of Yeshiva College was established five years ago through a gift of $8 million from Mr. and Mrs. Schottenstein.
At a luncheon, YU President Richard M. Joel, Chancellor Norman Lamm, Yeshiva College Dean Norman Adler, and Honors Program director Prof. Will Lee discussed how the program enriched the curriculum, furthered research, and improved learning. President Joel and Chancellor Lamm presented the Schottensteins with a scroll commemorating the program’s dedication, during at which a bronze wall plaque recognizing their gift was unveiled.
“The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program has provided most of the drive toward our educational progress,” Professor Lee said. “Faculty development has traveled hand in hand with curricular development. The program has encouraged dozens of faculty members, newer and older, to invent new, often experimental, courses and substantially modify older ones. And the program is helping us attract the best and brightest as we hire new faculty members.”
Other speakers included Joshua Sturm, the 2003 Yeshiva College valedictorian who attends Harvard Law School, and Anthony Wexler, a senior and honors program participant.
In thanking administrators and faculty, Mr. Schottenstein, a YU trustee and former chairman of Yeshiva College’s board of directors, said, “Jeanie and I are proud that we were given an opportunity to participate in creating a program that has, and will continue to have, a profound impact on the quality of the university and the Jewish community for decades to come.”