The couple has been "very generous to the music department for a number of years," said Paul Steinmetz, interim associate vice president for Institutional Advancement at Western, in a phone interview.
"They've helped tens of dozens of students in that time."
said as donors, the Behrens are rare in their engagement with the university.
"They've been diversified and built a relationship with us over a very long time," he
"They are part of a very small number of people who stay engaged and demonstrate their concern and care of the students and the university as an institution."
It helps that the Behrens are active students and have firsthand experience on the Western
experience -- Steinmetz
said the two are not shy about letting the university know when things need to be improved.
"We see them often on campus, in the cafeteria.
They take full advantage of all the things that students can do here, which is great," he