Gifts in Action

Sports arena viewThe Lure of SDSU Athletics

SDSU Alumni Dan and Bobbie Plough have been longtime Aztec supporters. But, after their son met an SDSU sports icon, they decided to increase their support. Read More

Tom KerteszA New Home and a Second Family

They may not be rich and famous. That unassuming retired couple down the street. Your child's third-grade teacher. Yet these everyday folks may be among San Diego State University's most influential supporters. Read More

William and Karen BrackEducational Opportunities for the Future

They may not be rich and famous. That unassuming retired couple down the street. Your child's third-grade teacher. Yet these everyday folks may be among San Diego State University's most influential supporters. Read More

Glen BroomOne of a Kind

Glen Broom forever changed the face of public relations during his career as a professor at San Diego State University. Read More

Diane DenklerAn Unlikely Choice for a Woman

One day of shorthand homework was enough to convince Diane Denkler that a career as secretary or teacher would never make her happy. Read More

Arline FischA Jewel of a Teacher

Arline Fisch's jewelry art is not for the faint-hearted. Her dramatic silver collars and intricate filigree bibs draw inspiration from ornamental jewelry worn by ancient Greek and Egyptian royalty. Read More

Vince MeadesThe Gift of Music

It all started with a box of movie sheet music at a garage sale. Coupled with a childhood love of movies and the desire to start a collection that that would one day be a gift that would benefit scholars and researchers, and you have the origins of the Vince Meades Popular American Sheet Music Collection. Read More

Stephen ReavesFrom Hollywood to Higher Ed

After a successful career as a creative director for some of Hollywood’s biggest names, alumnus Stephen Reaves found his true vocation. Read More

Anne RosserNew Places, New Perspectives

For SDSU class of 1961 alumna Anne Rosser, a forty-year career dedicated to high school education began at the age of seven. Read More

Virginia Smith RichardsonThe Gift of Speech

When Paul Pfaff was out of earshot, his students called him god. The professor's riveting voice, keen wit and rapier-like tongue both impressed and slightly intimidated students on the campus of San Diego State College in the 1940s. Read More

Mary Sample WilletteA Legacy Built on Friendship

Mary Sample Willette was a teenager when she met Meral Korzay, a Turkish student studying in San Diego through a Rotary exchange program. The two have maintained a lifelong friendship while living on different continents. Read More

John and Jane WillsThe Straight Line from Los Angeles to San Diego

John Wills became a mentor even before he graduated from San Diego State University in 1965. His stepfather was a fellow student, and Wills helped him adjust to school life after a long career in the military. Read More

Donald WilsonDonald G. Wilson Leaves a Legacy at SDSU

Donald Grey Wilson was twice named "Most Influential Instructor" by San Diego State University students in the 1980s. Though he retired in 1991, he has been a mentor to electrical engineering students ever since. Read More

Kathy WorleyWe Are All in This Together

For Kathy Worley, her time as a student-athlete at SDSU was a defining moment in her life. Now, she's ensuring her support for the sport, and school, she loves will continue for years to come. Read More

Christine ProbettWhen SDSU Is Part of Your DNA

Professor Christine Probett has spent nearly 40 percent of her life at San Diego State. She says it was an easy decision to leave a gift for the school in her estate. Read More

Jeanne Gold and Rabbi Aaron GoldHelping Jewish Studies Thrive

Rabbi Aaron Gold (1920-2001) was a not just a religious leader, he was a teacher who sought to inspire people to learn more about Judaism. A learned man, Rabbi Gold dedicated his life to the principles of education and outreach. One year, he led four seders, each for a different community group. Read More

Tom Golich and Donna BergelisInvesting in Future Generations

Although Tom Golich '60 and Donna Bergelis '60 attended the same high school in San Bernardino, CA, they met for the very first time as students on the SDSU campus. Read More

Deborah DexterAhead of Her Time

A trailblazing professor with a storied career gives back to the university on multiple fronts, from biology and cultural interchange to the musical theatre she misses so much since leaving. Read More

Lindsay CarterCommitment to Student Success

When Dr. J. E. Lindsay Carter began his tenure at SDSU in 1962 (San Diego State College at the time), we were getting the cream of the crop. A graduate from New Zealand University of Otago, School of Physical Education in 1952; Fulbright Scholarship and Ph.D. at University of Iowa, 1956-59. Read More

Mary CurranA Portal to Tomorrow

"I believe that we will win," the trademark rallying cry of Aztec basketball fans, could also be the slogan of repeat donors to The Campaign for SDSU. Read More

Matt and Stephanie DatheFinding the Perfect Giving Solution

The Dathes are both graduates of SDSU and met through the SDSU Alumni Association. For years they've served in various volunteer leadership positions, and are fans of SDSU Athletics. SDSU has played an important role in their educational and social lives. Wanting to give back was a natural desire. Read More

Alan DulgeroffFocus on Alumni Engagement

Alan Dulgeroff ('92) is a busy guy, especially with regard to his involvement at San Diego State University. He is a member of the university's Career Services Advisory Board, sits on the College of Engineering's Electrical Engineering Curriculum Advisory Board, and has served as president of SDSU Alumni. Read More

Richard and Sharon FoggA Different Kind of Homecoming

Like most homecomings, this one had implications far beyond the event itself, especially for one San Diego State University alumnus. Read More

David GubserA Gift to Nurture Pride

The Pride Center at San Diego State University has received a $100,000 gift from San Diego donor David Gubser. Read More

Charles and Robin LubySupporting the Heart of Campus

Alumni Charles and Robin Luby have made a planned gift to support the SDSU Love Library and have a lasting impact on students. The gift, which will come from their estate, was announced when the couple received a Monty Award in 2010. Read More

Jack McGroryBuilding a Unique Legacy

Jack McGrory, alumnus, faculty member, Campanile Foundation board member and passionate supporter of public administration, student veterans and classics and humanities, Jack has made extraordinary contributions to SDSU. Read More

Terry O'DonnellFaculty Emeriti Supporting Students Together

Professors emeriti Carey Wall and Terry O'Donnell have partnered on a gift to SDSU's musical theater program. Their gift will endow a faculty position in the nationally renowned program and ensure SDSU's musical theatre students will continue to have opportunities to learn from top faculty members. Read More

Wendy ReubenMake a Connection

When Wendy Reuben graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, she knew making and maintaining connections with her classmates, professors and other organizational leaders would be key. Read More

William WadeA Teacher's Story

Before he came to San Diego State College at age 20, William Wade witnessed things no young man should see. He saw the "utter devastation" of Tokyo after U.S. pilots firebombed the city during the Pacific Campaigns of WWII. Read More

Gary WaerTalent Sprouts

Gary Waer never thought of himself as a lost Aztec, but he will concede he's been "found." A reception organized by San Diego State University for alumni in the Santa Barbara area last year reconnected Waer with the university 49 years after his graduation. Read More

Bonnie ZimmermanA Pioneer for the LGBT Community

Zimmerman began her career at SDSU as a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies in 1978. Since then, she has taught more than a dozen different courses at the university. She also served as department chair from 1986 to 1992 and from 1995 to 1997. Read More

Sean KilkennyMeet Sean Kilkenny

Alumnus Sean Kilkenny completed his MBA at San Diego State University in 2010. With over 10 years of experience in residential real estate development, Sean is currently the forward planning director at Davidson Communities. Read More

Robin & Bill SinclairThe Coryell Legacy

On the heels of a successful campaign for the Jeff Jacobs J.A.M. Center and its basketball programs, San Diego State University Athletics has launched a campaign to provide scholarship support for student-athletes. Read More

Larry PetersenAn Entrepreneurial Life

The year was 1971, and Larry Petersen was feeling confident. He could see the individual pieces of his SDSU education fusing in a practical test of entrepreneurial ability. Read More

William E. Leonhard, Jr.Aztec Spirit Personified

When William E. Leonhard, Jr. came to San Diego to earn an engineering degree in 1959, he did not know much about San Diego State University or where his degree would take him. What he graduated with, however, was more than a bachelor’s degree. Read More

Barbara MeyersThe Lesson of a Lifetime

“With hard work, you can do anything,” is the advice Barbara Meyers’ niece and nephew recall as their late aunt’s philosophy for living life. Read More

Mark LinskyDoing the Best We Can for Our Families, Friends, Neighbors and Community

“Find your passion. Follow it, and life will fall into place for you,” is the advice planned giving donor, Mark Linsky would like to pass on to current Aztecs. Read More

Henry JanssenGift from an SDSU Icon

A professor widely revered for dedicating his heart and mind to San Diego State University has also dedicated a large portion of his estate to the University Honors Program. Read More

Brock and Barbara AllenTeaching Students for Years to Come

Together Faculty Emeriti Brock and Barbara Allen have taught for over 60 years but they're not done yet. Read More

Joan CurryAn Influential Life

Joan Curry taught for 25 years in the Reading and Language Department at San Diego State University. She served as director of the Clinical Training Center, an interdisciplinary center at San Diego State University that is open to the community. Read More

UlrichLooking Back to Move Forward

Kenn Ulrich’s career at SDSU began in 1996 as an adjunct professor in the School of Communication within the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. During his 14-year career, his proudest moment was being chosen by SDSU’s Lambda Pi Eta (Communications Studies Honor Society) chapter as “Lecturer of the Year” for the 2003-2004 academic year. Read More

Javier and Leticia AlonsoLearn from Yesterday Live for Today Plan for Tomorrow

Javier and Leticia Alonso share a special connection to SDSU. Javier received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Science Civil Engineering and his wife, Leticia, worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Communicative Disorder Department within the Speech Pathology Ph.D. Program. Read More

ShoresFamily Traditions

A deep commitment to higher education runs through the family histories of Nua and Michael Shores. Nua’s great aunt, Hazel Smith, was the first woman to graduate from the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. With an inheritance from Aunt Hazel—and in her honor—Nua’s mother endowed a scholarship for women dental students in Iowa, where Nua’s mother was born. Read More

PierceNothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Jumping off a figurative cliff without a safety net is not easy. While there is huge risk, there may be huge rewards. Certainly, this was true of the Pilgrims when they boarded the Mayflower for the new world. And it was also true of one of the descendants of those early settlers... Read More

Patti RoscoeGifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure

Patti Roscoe has been a successful entrepreneur and business owner making a name for herself in the meetings and destination management industry. Though unable to attend college herself, Patti understood the value in education and saw a need for a hospitality and tourism degree program in San Diego. Read More

training center$1.3 Million Gift Makes SDSU a Training Center for Classics Scholars

Not so long ago “townies” was a common term on college campuses for returning students who began taking courses in retirement. Townies didn’t live on campus; they drove to campus from town and returned home each day. Read More

Stuart HenryWe Care and We Can Help

Professor Stuart Henry has been Director of SDSU’s School of Public Affairs since 2006. His academic and professional career is highlighted by many achievements including completing a PhD in just three years, four years shy of the standard; authoring 34 books and 120 journal articles in the field of Criminology, Law and Justice; and gaining the respect and admiration of countless students and colleagues... Read More

Terry AtkinsonAlumnus Terry Atkinson Increases Support for SDSU

Terry Atkinson, ’69, a public administration major at San Diego State University, worked at leading Wall Street firms for 40 years and ran the top-ranked UBS municipal securities division for more than two decades. He has served on SDSU’s philanthropic foundation, the Campanile Foundation, since 2009. Read More

training centerThe Gift of Knowledge

Ulla Lotta Wiik was born in the land of the Nobel Prize, the smorgasbord and minimalist design. Although she has lived in California for decades, her ties to Sweden and Europe run deep as reflected in her recent gift to San Diego State University. Read More

Victor CampTaking the Road Less Traveled

The San Diego State University Geology department has secured a legacy gift from College of Science and Geology professor, Victor Camp and his wife Jean, making an impact that will be felt for many years to come. Dr. Camp and his wife have strong feelings toward learning and education. For them, it made sense to donate to SDSU because they are part of the community. Read More