Van Penick (LLB’76, MA’14) admits he has no talent for performing music, but the successful Halifax lawyer and Dalhousie alumnus finally found an outlet for his lifelong passion when he enrolled in the university’s Master of Arts in musicology program in 2012.
“It was a wonderful experience to go back to what I had originally studied as an undergraduate before I went into law,” Penick says. “My professors stimulated my thinking in new ways and renewed my appreciation for music. In fact, I was so enthusiastic about the program from day one that I started looking for ways to help make similar experiences possible for other students to show my gratitude to Dalhousie.”
Penick found the solution through the Performing Arts Campaign, becoming a cabinet member and making a generous donation. “This is an opportunity to transform the facilities of the Fountain School of Performing Arts, enhancing its reputation as an internationally renowned, first-class educational experience that attracts the best students and instructors,” he says. “It will also create vibrant new spaces for concerts and performances that will enrich the community, so I’m really excited to be part of this campaign.”