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Supporting Student Success

Visionary CHES donors understand the importance of research on the future of innovation. One such donor saw that he could leave his legacy at the University in a way that also supported faculty and student research while honoring a close friend who devoted her life to research.

 Hendrika “Riek” van der Noen emigrated from Holland after WWII and spent her entire career conducting research focused on cancer and immune deficiencies. Working until the age of 85 at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, she was tireless in her efforts to enhance the future and improve lives.

The Hendrika M. van der Noen Recovery Research Endowment fund was established to help support our addiction and recovery studies program in the department of human development and family studies. Honoring the legacy of Riek’s work, this gift will help fund, disseminate, incentivize, and reward research in this increasingly important field. Dr. Tricia Witte, associate professor in the department says, “I am thrilled about the new endowed research fund! It is such an incredible gift that will help enhance our research efforts.”

 Witte stated the fund will help to purchase needed equipment, provide research participant compensations, hire additional research assistants, fund travel to conferences and offer awards for the most impactful research in the field.

In addition, it could be used to help monitor the effectiveness of our programming, including the academic programs such as the Addiction and Recovery major as well as campus programs like the Collegiate Recovery Community. 

Funds, such as the Hendrika M. van der Noen Recovery Research Endowment, provide UA faculty a resource to enhance their research efforts. Such support also encourages student research, helping them deepen connections in their field of study during their time at the Capstone – all this while honoring the work of amazing people like Hendrika M. van der Noen.

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