As a student in IC’s renowned Department of Theatre Arts, Catherine Weidner ’85 recalls having to work three jobs in order to fund her education. Today, as professor and chair of this same department, Catherine is dedicated to supporting the institution that provided the foundation for her career and has given to scholarship funds that help alleviate theatre arts students’ financial burdens.
“The scholarships are named for teacher and alumni who understand what we do and how demanding it can be,” Catherine says. “Being a student with financial need shouldn’t be a barrier to getting the training we provide.” Catherine also gives to the funds that support faculty when a sabbatical or a professional opportunity creates the need for a guest artist to provide mentorship and content in a specific field.
Through sharing her expertise as an educator, connecting students with networks of support, and making financial contributions that enhance the IC experience, Catherine’s love for and dedication to her alma mater shines through. On the question of legacy, she reflects, “I think a legacy can be achieved in many ways, and helping students and supporting faculty and staff is my way.”