Gayle Pollock '68
Gayle Pollock Giving Story
Gayle Pollock '68 came to Juniata when girls still had to wear skirts to dinner -- at least for her first two years as a student. Her POE was in home economics, but she's no June Cleaver. In fact, she's used her extensive administrative experience to change Juniata in a nontraditional way.
"Home economics was an interesting program because the course offerings were not extensive. I took a lot of psychology and sociology and ended up getting a well-rounded liberal arts degree," Gayle says.
And instead of pots, pans and a featherduster, Gayle's careers have focused on that liberal arts aspect. From her start as an office manager in admissions, Gayle worked her way up the organizational ladder and served as director and later dean of admissions at Juniata, Allegheny and -- in a consulting capacity -- Bucknell University.
In fact, she's been involved in helping Juniata's admissions momentum throughout the last three decades. "When I was at Allegheny I supported Juniata financially, but didn't volunteer because I didn't want to create a conflict of interest," Gayle points out. But when she left Allegheny to become a consultant for George Dehne Associates, Gayle says, "It made sense to express my interest in being on alumni council."
Now she's a Juniata Trustee.
"At both colleges I served, I reported to the president. Most folks on the board of trustees come from a business background. Coming from higher ed, I can give a different perspective," Gayle says.
And she has. In addition to free consulting, gifting a room in Juniata's renovated Founders Hall and annual giving, she's created a scholarship and recognized Juniata in her will. And all the while, she was imparting years of enrollment wisdom to the future dean of admissions, Michelle Bartol '84.
"Michelle was on my staff and Terri Bollman '85 was a student assistant then too."
Gayle's trickle-down influence on Juniata was also influential in her personal life. Her gift was created partly to memorialize her late husband, Charlie Pollock, an alum of Bucknell at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Charlie served as Juniata's Sports Information Director from 1974 to 1981, during which he won 20 awards for his media and recruitment publications from the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA).
"Charlie's first love was Bucknell, but his second love was clearly Juniata," Gayle says.
While out with Charlie one night at a hospital banquet in their hometown of Lewisburg, Pa., Gayle was introduced as former dean of admissions at Juniata. Later that evening, a doctor approached Gayle.
"'You probably don't remember me but you admitted me to Juniata,' he said. In fact, he, his wife and I have become good friends," Gayle says. "And I met another doctor who was a Juniata alum when I had to have surgery a few years ago."
Gayle's point: "There are many of those kinds of relationships."
Unlike many alumni who find that their love of Juniata lies in nostalgia for their time at the institution, or a long-gone professor, Gayle's Juniata is a nexus of old and new, of traditional and original. And the blend of financial gifts and personal experience that she gives to Juniata fits her admiration of the College.
"Gayle has helped us design our arsenal of information to use with prospective students, provided us organizational recommendations to boost performance, and advised us on ways to enhance our offers of admission," says John Hille, Executive Vice President of Enrollment and Retention at Juniata.
In other words, she has impacted more than a few lives. But to those who fear Juniata has changed, Gayle's reason for giving is comforting.
"Yes, Juniata has changed. Yes, it has improved, but there are core values here that haven't changed," Gayle says. "Juniata is a very special place. It changed my life and I'm very grateful for that."
Gayle and Charlie Pollock endowed a scholarship to help Juniata and it's students. Endowed scholarships are only one type of planned giving. What is "planned giving?" The term refers to making charitable contributions that require arrangement in advance, often with financial planners and commonly involving wills, trusts, or annuities. Most people are surprised at what they can do with planned giving. Good plans incorporate retirement income, family inheritance, and charitable interests in a balanced overall financial plan.