On May 27, Andrew Steffen, a longtime friend and benefactor of Marian College, was posthumously inducted into the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) 2009 Indiana Academy.
Steffen created the Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Marian College that benefits music and education majors; following his death, a gift from his estate to the college will assist in renovating the Music Building, which has been renamed the Steffen Music Center. Steffen’s induction is the third time a member of Marian College’s leadership team has been so honored; trustees Jerry Semler and Jack Snyder were inducted in 1998 and 2002, respectively.
Steffen’s generosity extended past Marian College to the Indianapolis community with his support of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Indianapolis Orchestra, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Indianapolis Art League. Steffen was the Board of Trustees of the Indianapolis Zoological Society’s founding board member and was highly involved in the zoo’s botanical White River Gardens.
According to the Indiana Academy’s web site, the purpose of the organization is “to encourage and promote charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes in conjunction with those institutions sponsoring these purposes in the State of Indiana.” The Indiana Academy nominates Indiana citizens who have shown leadership in contributing to cultural, scientific, literary, civic, religious, and educational growth within the state.
Steffen passed away on April 4, 2008, but his passion for the arts and the impact of his generosity will live on in the lives of the students he has helped. He will forever be remembered as part of the history of Marian College—soon to be Marian University.