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The unveiling of the Putterman Scoreboard at the Tao Tennis Center on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis will be held Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m.

Student-athletes from both the WashU men’s and women’s tennis teams will be in attendance, in addition to head coaches Roger Follmer and Kelly Stahlhuth.

The gift was made possible through the generosity of Caryn, Mark and Ross Putterman (BU15), and Carolyn, Leland, Adam (BU13) and Melissa (BU18) Putterman.

Adam Putterman

Adam Putterman

“I was truly lucky to have worked with Adam and Ross Putterman, both of whom advanced our University, Athletic Department and the WashU men’s tennis program during their overlap of six years on the Danforth campus,” said Follmer. “This new tennis scoreboard gift by Carolyn & Leland Putterman (parents of Adam) and Caryn & Mark Putterman (parents of Ross) will be something we will cherish for years to come.  I am so grateful to them for their job in raising fine young men in Adam and Ross, their friendship to me, and this awesome program-enhancing scoreboard.”

The custom wireless tennis scoreboard was manufactured by Nevco in Greenville, Ill. The board is 74′ long x 10′ high at it tallest point with electronic team names.


Jeremy Bush and senior Ross Putterman were named to the 2015 Division III Men’s Tennis All-America Team

“We are so appreciative for this amazing addition to our tennis program and tennis facilities,” said Stahlhuth. “The Putterman Scoreboard is a wonderful asset to our programs, and we are so grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Putterman and Mr. and Mrs. Leland Putterman for their generosity, kindness, and support.”

Following the dedication, stay to cheer on the men’s and women’s tennis teams as they host the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The men take on No. 16-ranked UW-Whitewater at 4 p.m. at the Tao Tennis Center, while the women take on No. 26 UW-Whitewater at 4 p.m. at Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park.

Olin Alumni Board president Jim Gidcumb, EMBA’93, asks KaLeena Weaver Thomas, PMBA’12, why she donates time and treasure to their alma mater. Bottom line? “It’s an investment that’s going to pay back valuable dividends,” she says. (more…)

Thank you to all who accepted the HBM Holdings $150,000 Eliot Society Challenge, established by Olin friend and supporter Mike DeCola. DeCola is president and CEO of HBM Holdings, an investment and management company that acquires, supports and operates middle-market businesses in industrial products and services.

Thanks to each of you and to Mr. DeCola, we were able to surpass our calendar year-end Eliot Society membership goal!

The challenge, which gave donors the opportunity to double, or even triple, the impact of a gift in support of Olin’s Annual Fund, ran throughout December. Gifts from both renewing and new Eliot Society members were matched one-to-one and multi-year pledges and increased gifts were matched two-to-one. Our friends and alumni were inspired by this generous challenge grant, and a total of 330 Eliot Society members made their gift during the three week challenge – an amazing outcome!

Mike DeCola engages regularly with Olin students and also sponsors annual and endowed scholarships for Olin MBA students. When asked why he has been an avid supporter, he says, “Washington University and the Olin Business School attract some of the brightest young minds in the world to St. Louis and play a vital role in the overall quality of life of our region. The students who attend Olin benefit from some of the best faculty in the world, shaping them into the kind of business leaders we need to run our organizations. We are committed to remaining an important partner for the Olin Business School.”

Everyone at Olin remains grateful for the continued support of Mike DeCola and HBM Holdings. We are proud to call him a loyal friend and ambassador.

Last week over 500 scholarship students, scholarship benefactors, faculty, and staff filled Knight and Bauer Halls for this year’s Scholars in Business dinner. Students and benefactors mingled before hearing opening remarks from Dean Mahendra Gupta.

A video showcased the impact of scholarship funds for multiple students within Olin before Khalyani Sankar (BSBA ’16) and DeRoyce Simmons (MBA ’15)  spoke on behalf of all scholarship recipients, sharing their personal stories and the impact their scholarships have had on their time at Washington University in St. Louis. (Click on video above.)

Chris McGrath (BSBA ’89) shared the impact scholarship dollars has had on his family and how he’s appreciated being able to give back to a current student. McGrath recently established his annual scholarship, the Jake Cusano Memorial Scholarship.

Dinner was served on the third floor of Knight and Bauer Halls and allowed for further dialogue for the night. Donors fly in from across the country for this event and it allows scholarship recipients the opportunity to get to know and thank their scholarship donors for their generous contributions to their education.

You might have noticed some new faces along the walls of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall the past few weeks. Portraits of generous donors whose names grace our buildings, classrooms, and meeting spaces have been hung to honor their commitment to Olin and the University.

photo[3]These are people who care deeply about educating smart and innovative business leaders. We’ve etched their words of advice and their hopes for our mission in stone.

Take a moment to read these words and the bios of these great benefactors. photo 2


We are all beneficiaries of their foresight, hard work, and determination that future generations will have these halls and classrooms to carry on our tradition of excellence in business education.

photoLandscapers, stonemasons, carpenters, and many other workers have been busy putting the finishing touches on Knight Hall and Bauer Hall in preparation for our Dedication weekend festivities.

Learn more about the art of etching names and words of wisdom in stone in this video: