Tina Arth and Marianne Schnaubelt
Tina Arth and Marianne Schnaubelt, longtime UC Irvine staff members and alumnae, devoted their careers to helping students.
Both had worked as academic counselors, with Tina serving as the director of Physical Sciences Student Affairs and Marianne as the university’s associate registrar, before they retired.
Over the years, they noticed scholarships tended to focus on incoming undergraduates, often ignoring talented, continuing students. In their retirement, they decided to take on this inequity.
Tina and Marianne decided to focus on the UCI Alumni Association’s newly created Distinguished Anteater Award that recognizes current students for scholastic and leadership achievements.
Together, the women and UCIAA reached out to more than 900 alumni faculty, staff and retirees. In addition, the pair made a personal pledge: For every dollar raised, the women would match it -— up to $10,000.
Their motivation was simple:
UC Irvine had given them so much over the years, that it was now time to give back.
“Their vision created this award,” says Jorge Ancona, assistant vice chancellor for Alumni Relations. “It has been through their leadership that we have been able to honor 14 future alumni.”
The women feel great about what they have achieved, too.
“Obviously, we’re very proud to be affiliated with the university,” Marianne says. “We just think it’s a great university that is worth people’s support.”
— Bill Ross, University Advancement