Alumnus Provides Gift to Support Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center in Alumni Memorial Building—a place where students access computers, labs, and studios to help them learn foreign languages—has received a donation that will support its continued operation.

Alumnus Chad Goldman, who graduated in 1993 with a degree in Spanish and a concentration in language and world business, made the donation with his partner, Brian Pendleton.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Theresa Lee, along with Adrian Del Caro, head of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Douglas Canfield, coordinator of the Language Resource Center, presided over a brief ceremony where a plaque acknowledging the gift was unveiled.

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A brief ceremony was held near the Language Resource Center in Alumni Memorial Building to unveil a plaque acknowledging a gift from alumnus Chad Goldman. Pictured are, left to right, Adrian Del Caro, head of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures; Brian Pendleton; College of Arts and Sciences Dean Theresa Lee; Chad Goldman; and Douglas Canfield, coordinator of the Language Resource Center.

Each semester about 4,500 students enroll in language courses, and virtually all of them use the center, Del Caro said.

“We cannot do state-of-the art language instruction without a state-of-the art language resource center,” he said.

Goldman and Pendleton, who live in Los Angeles, founded and operate OmniForce LLC, a global leader in the active lifestyle industry. Producing large athletic and experiential events, they have raised funds to benefit communities and charitable organizations worldwide.

In addition to their gift supporting the Language Resource Center, Goldman and Pendleton have endowed a scholarship in the Language and World Business program and been generous donors to the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence Fund.

During his visit, Goldman—a new member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board—was recognized with the college’s 2015 Divisional Achievement Award in the Humanities. This award recognizes alumni who have achieved significant levels of accomplishment in the early to middle stages of their careers.

“It’s very special to have an alumnus come back to campus and continue to invest both time and resources in the college,” Lee said. “We are very grateful for Chad Goldman’s generosity and ongoing support.”

CONTACT:

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)