In January 2007, the Department of Meteorology lost a very special graduate student to colon cancer. Levenia Adom was quiet and reserved, but passionate about pursuing her M.S. degree in weather forecasting and communications. During the fall semester of 2006, she worked for Jon Nese as a teaching assistant for Meteorology 201. Levenia was just 25 years old and within a semester of graduating when she passed away. Through the efforts of many in the Meteorology Department, she was awarded her M.S. degree posthumously in May 2007.
Most of the Department had no idea that Levenia was waging a courageous battle with cancer in addition to focusing on her studies. Her passing came as quite a surprise and left everyone with a heavy heart - but it also left several people wondering how they could honor Levenia’s memory.
Among faculty and graduate students who were particularly fond of Levenia, a consensus evolved that the best way was to establish an endowment that would provide summer funding for a graduate student who shared Levenia’s passion for weather forecasting and communications. Graduate students with this research interest are somewhat rare and that makes this endowment particularly special. The endowment will bear Levenia’s name in perpetuity, and that also makes it special to her family and friends.
We try not to put our hand out too often, but we do realize that there are some of our alumni who share Levenia’s passion and who also have the financial means to increase this endowment so that it will provide a higher level of funding each year. Of course, any donation amount for this endowment is helpful no matter what its size, but significant gifts will bring us to the goal quickly.
If you’d like to contribute to The Levenia Adom Memorial Graduate Award, you may write a check, made payable to The Pennsylvania State University, with a notation in the reference area that it is for the Levenia Adom Graduate Memorial Award, and mail it to
Ms. Lynn Persing
Department of Meteorology
502 Walker Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802.
Please also include a note (can be handwritten) that the gift is to be designated for the Levenia Adom Graduate Memorial Award. If you have any questions, you may contact, Ms. Lynn Persing at (814) 863-8568 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We really hope to hear from you.