Long time music faculty director, Calvin Y. Rogers and his wife Helen chose a rather unusual way in which to establish an endowed fund at Ashland University. Seeing his playing days in the highly acclaimed Colorado Springs Symphony coming to an end, Cal laid down his bow with a flourish and gifted his beloved Poggi violin to a charitable remainder trust, the charitable beneficiary being Ashland University. Poggi violins are considered to be the premier Italian violins made in the twentieth century and are in high demand from those who truly treasure fine string instruments. A personal visit to and pictures with the violin maker himself, and a letter of authentication all add not only emotional but real value to the instrument, made in 1935. The Rogers felt that gifting the violin in this manner was a fitting tribute to their beloved association with Ashland University.