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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Significant Endowment Inspires Rural Students ‘To Learn To Love The Flute’ | Colorado Mesa University - CBS Denver

Matt Kroschel, Mountain Newsroom Reporter explains, A woman on Colorado’s Western Slope wanted to make a difference in the lives of a very specific group of young musicians. In 2018, Dr. Ruth Maurer gifted Colorado Mesa University a significant endowment for the purposes of enhancing the flute in rural communities.

Dr. Ruth Maurer
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Her act of kindness is already impacting young lives in rural western Colorado.

“I thought about this for a while. I decided I would like to give some money to CMU because they’ve been really nice to me at the music department. They make it feel like home,” she said.

Maurer is a Renaissance woman who is not only a mathematician with a Ph.D but also an artist and philanthropist who pioneered a pathway for young women.

“It’s just amazing. It’s amazing, because it just comes from nowhere. Very generous woman who loves what she does, very talented. When people want to give back like that it warms the heart,” CMU President Tim Foster said...

Using the newly established Ruth Maurer Flute Endowment, the music department will host an annual Flute Fest West, including a Western region flute competition for small, rural high school students.

“You want to put your money where you can do the most good on something that you really like. I really like the flute. I think by endowing this flute program in helping it grow, more people will learn to love the flute,” Maurer said.
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Source: CBS Denver