Alumni & Friends
The department depends on the continued generosity of alumni and friends to help support our activities and to enhance the learning experiences of our students. We use gifts primarily to help ensure that our students are able to take full advantage of travel and research opportunities that are critical to their professional training and development. The support of alumni and friends of Religious Studies is crucial in enabling students to visit archives, libraries, and field sites; to travel to deliver papers at professional conferences; and to experience first-hand the cultures they study both in the United States and abroad. Gifts are also used to help underwrite field trips for undergraduates, convene our major events, and bring distinguished speakers to the Oakland campus. We hope in future to expand our award and field trip programs and to take on new and exciting initiatives.
We have several endowed funds that help support our activities. We invite you to make a gift to one of these funds and make a tangible difference in the intellectual lives of our students, the department, the University, and the Pittsburgh community.
Rhodora and Dick Barton Endowed Fund for Student Resources in the Department of Religious Studies
The Barton Fund supports the John C. Jr. and Lucine O’Brien Marous Chair in Contemporary Catholic Studies and related course curriculum development, implementation, and enhancement. It is used specifically but is not limited to providing library reference materials, guest lectures, field trips and/or awards for books, travel, or other educational experiences for students enrolled in the program.
Fred W. Clothey Fund for the Study of South Asia and Ritual
This fund honors Dr. Fred W. Clothey, professor emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies and a pioneer in the ethnographic study of South Asian religion and ritual studies. Grants are available to students to help defray costs involved in conference participation or research-related travel for projects dealing with India, South Asia, or ritual studies.
Religious Studies Development Fund
Gifts that are not earmarked for specific endowments are applied to our general Development Fund.