Education changes lives - and West Virginia University has changed tens of thousands of them. The beneficiaries of a WVU education never forget it.
Now many WVU grads are changing education in return, so others will have such advantages in the future.
WVU Alumni Mike Bodnar is just one such alumnus to announce gifts to the university.
Bodnar graduated from WVU in 1969 in civil engineering. He went on to serve as chief executive officer of Shoney's, as the largest franchisee of Wendy's, and as developer of several other restaurant chains.
His company now develops real estate and is a start-up consultant for restaurants.
Bodnar gave a Taziki's Mediterranean cafe to the Mountainlair in 2010. Its profits go to the hospitality management program at the WVU College of Business and Economics, which also uses the restaurant as a working lab for students in the program.
This past week, Bodnar went on to give $1 million to Business and Economics to establish an entrepreneurship and innovation endowment and hospitality and tourism support fund.
WVU alumnus Doug VanScoy and his wife, Pam, gave $1.5 million to the WVU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to the hospitality and tourism program, and to the dean's discretionary fund of the college of Business and Economics.
VanScoy earned a finance degree in 1966 and a