Gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure

Patti RoscoePatti 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. Bob Payne, a hotelier and SDSU alumnus, had long been asking this same question. So Bob, Dean Joyce Gattas, and Patti collaborated on this vision.

Bob generously funded the program and eventually contributed the naming gift. Patti lent her time and expertise and put together a team from the industry that helped to create the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, an internationally recognized interdisciplinary certificate program with an impressive 97% job placement rate for its graduates.

While the creation of the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTM) tapped into her professional pursuits, Patti is also involved in areas of personal interest including musical theatre and athletics. She loves visiting campus and feeling the energy and dedication of the students and faculty. She has a leadership position by serving on the Campanile Foundation Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.

Patti is passionate about philanthropy, education, and making the world a better place for future generations. It’s no surprise to know that her two proudest achievements are raising her stepson into a fine man, and one of her best friends; and receiving an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from San Diego State University in recognition for her professional work.

After years of dedicating her time and talents to SDSU, there was no question in Patti’s mind that the university would become a part of her legacy. In 2010, Patti helped create the Institute for Meetings & Events (IME) within the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Her first planned gift funded a professorship for IME. She has since funded HTM, MFA, and student athletic scholarships.

Since retiring in 2007, Patti and her life partner, Jim Tiffany, are enjoying retirement. Both have traveled internationally in their careers, and are now enjoy exploring our state and national parks. But their favorite destination is Michigan, home to their granddaughters Hope, Qing, and Phoebe.

Patti envisions a future where people of all ages and economic means are able to attend college. She encourages students to appreciate the time they have at the univesity, and “pay attention, work hard, and have fun!” Patti looks forward to many more years of giving back to the community and is absolutely certain that SDSU is doing its upmost in educating tomorrow’s innovators and leaders.