The Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation has established an endowment through the SVSU Foundation. Supporters of The Theodore Roethke Poetry Endowment will be part of a proud tradition and will help create new endeavors.
One goal of the endowment is the establishment of a Theodore Roethke Poet- or Scholar-in-Residence at SVSU. As envisioned, the poet- or scholar-in-residence would be a practicing poet or active researcher of national stature who would serve as a resource to the campus and community. Brandon Rushton, SVSU’s first Roethke Fellow and former SVSU student, visited the school in Summer 2017.
A lovely, serene spot on the SVSU campus has also been chosen for the Roethke Poets Garden. This beautifully landscaped natural retreat will pay fitting tribute to Roethke’s love of flowers and nature, and a suitable monument will be placed there, bearing the names of donors at giving levels above $1,200. Contributions can be sent to the “The Theodore Roethke Endowment” (SVSU Foundation, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710)