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Janice KurthJanice Kurth

My SDSU story begins when we moved to San Diego 25 years ago, I knew nothing about SDSU at the time. Read More Meet Janice Kurth

Leanne BabcockLeanne Babcock

My SDSU story begins with…A Spring Break trip to San Diego in March 2003. Read More Meet Leanne Babcock

Gerry and Patsy KirkGerry and Patsy Kirk

Gerry and Patsy Kirk met in the Marching Aztecs when Gerry was a graduate student helping to develop football halftime shows and Patsy was a freshman baton twirler. They dated on and off for five years while Gerry pursued his teaching career. Read More Meet Gerry and Patsy Kirk

Tammy BlackburnA Forever Champion—Tammy Blackburn

The adult heart is roughly the size of a fist, weighs about 11 ounces and pulses at 60-100 beats per minute. That's the average heart, but certain human hearts are different. Tammy Blackburn's is stronger than most and more resilient. Read More Meet Tammy Blackburn

Andrew Y.J. SzetoDr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto Makes Gift to College of Engineering

As a student who always liked math and science, Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto discovered engineering when he used recycled batteries and parts from a hardware store to build a DC motor and entered it in his middle school's science fair, and thus began a lifelong career in education, engineering and science. Read More Meet Andrew Y.J. Szeto

Paul and Wendy RosengardMeet Paul and Wendy Rosengard

Paul Rosengard graduated from San Diego State University in 1977 with a degree in Kinesiology, and received his teaching certificate from the university in 1978. Read More Meet Paul and Wendy Rosengard

Richard RobbinsJust a Few Steps—Richard Robbins

The saying "Work hard, play hard" resonates for many. For SDSU alumni Richard Robbins, the life motto is "Be kind to others and patient with yourself." It's these standards that have helped Robbins achieve the success he's always dreamt of. Read More Meet Richard Robbins

Brian MillerA Dedicated Fan with Eyes on the Future

It only takes attending one game, match, or event to understand why SDSU Athletics has one of the most dedicated and loyal fan bases in the country. Read More Meet Brian Miller

Chuck and Kathy MendenhallA Diverse Gift for a Diverse Campus

Meeting at a "Hello Dance" in the old Student Union proved to be a great start for Chuck and Kathy Mendenhall. As a first generation college student from the Bakersfield area, Chuck came to SDSU to study engineering. Read More Meet Chuck and Kathy Mendenhall

Randi and Thom McKenzieMeet The McKenzies

The McKenzies arrived at SDSU as faculty members in August 1980 and they continue to serve the University. Read More Meet Randi and Thom McKenzie

Jim and Deborah MarshallMarshalls Give Through Trust to Support Student-Athletes

Jim Marshall '74 and Deborah Marshall '79 both were already proud Aztecs when they had their first date tailgating at an SDSU football game in 1981. Read More Meet Jim and Deborah Marshall

Erik Johannsen and Rebecca LongTwo Different Paths, Same Aztec DNA

A large university like SDSU allows the opportunity for each student to have varying experiences. This holds true for Erik Johannsen and Rebecca Long. Both graduates from SDSU but their paths were vastly dissimilar. Read More Meet Erik Johannsen and Rebecca Long

Diane L. BordenSchool of JMS Founder Establishes Endowed Graduate Fellowship

Diane L. Borden, Ph.D., director emerita of the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, has established an endowed fellowship for graduate students in the School of JMS. Read More Meet Diane L. Borden

Students in aerospace engineeringMeet Wayne and Mary Beitler Leutloff

The Aerospace Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at SDSDU is ready for liftoff with an estate gift from Wayne and Mary Beitler Leutloff. Watch the Video Meet Wayne and Mary Beitler Leutloff

Alana NicastroThe Unforgettable Dr. Nicastro

For decades, Dr. Alana Nicastro (’93, ’97), Ed.D., has made an impact on students, including Billy Fallon (’03, ’05). See why she left a lasting impression on him and how she will continue to impact Aztecs forever. Read More The Unforgettable Dr. Nicastro

Don CoryellCreate a Legacy That Can Last Forever

You are invited to become a member of the Coryell Legacy Society, named in honor of legendary Coach Don Coryell. Learn about the three ways to join, member benefits and the difference your support can make for Aztec student-athletes. Read More Create a Legacy That Can Last Forever

Patsy and Gerry KirkThe Right Thing to Do

"I was going to be an elementary teacher from day one," she recalled. "You could ask me when I was 10 years old and I would tell you, 'I'm going to be a teacher.'" Read More The Right Thing to Do

SDSU campusHonoring Family

The Campaign for SDSU finished with a bang in 2018, but faculty and staff continue to support San Diego State University with significant and generous gifts. Read More Honoring Family

Bob PucciniGlobal Entrepreneur Supports SDSU's Honors College

Bob Puccini's parents were concerned when San Diego State University accepted his application to enroll in 1964. He would be the first in the family to attend college, and his mother worried that education would fill his head with dreams he could never realize. Read More Global Entrepreneur Supports SDSU's Honors College

Debra GreenfieldGift Creates Opportunities for Future San Diego Leaders

Before San Diego was the thriving metropolis it is today, Debra Greenfield ('71) and her colleagues imagined its potential. They saw an inadequate public transportation system and envisioned the trolley and the Coaster. They saw land ripe for development and imagined smart, planned growth. Read More Gift Creates Opportunities for Future San Diego Leaders

SDSU campusExtraordinary Experiences

The Campaign for SDSU finished with a bang in 2018, but faculty and staff continue to support San Diego State University with significant and generous gifts. Read More Extraordinary Experiences

Sue EarnestA Son's Gift Extends a Teacher's Legacy

During her time on faculty at SDSU, Sue Earnest worked tirelessly to help make the University's highly ranked School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences what it is today. Thanks to her son's memorial gift, her impact will live on through students who benefit from a scholarship in her name. Read More about A Son's Gift Extends a Teacher's Legacy

SDSU campusScholarships for Athletes

The Campaign for SDSU finished with a bang in 2018, but faculty and staff continue to support San Diego State University with significant and generous gifts. Read More about Scholarships for Athletes

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 about The Lure of SDSU Athletics

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 about Educational Opportunities for the Future

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 about One of a Kind

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 about An Unlikely Choice for a Woman

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 about A Jewel of a Teacher

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 about The Gift of Music

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 about From Hollywood to Higher Ed

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 about New Places, New Perspectives

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 about The Gift of Speech

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 about A Legacy Built on Friendship

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 about The Straight Line from Los Angeles to San Diego

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 about Donald G. Wilson Leaves a Legacy at SDSU

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 about We Are All in This Together

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 about When SDSU Is Part of Your DNA

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 about Helping Jewish Studies Thrive

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 about Investing in Future Generations

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 about Ahead of Her Time

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 about Commitment to Student Success

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 about A Portal to Tomorrow

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 about Finding the Perfect Giving Solution

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 about Focus on Alumni Engagement

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 about A Different Kind of Homecoming

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 about A Gift to Nurture Pride

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 about Supporting the Heart of Campus

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 about Building a Unique Legacy

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 about Faculty Emeriti Supporting Students Together

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 about Make a Connection

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 about A Teacher's Story

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 about Talent Sprouts

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 about A Pioneer for the LGBT Community

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 about Meet Sean Kilkenny

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 about The Coryell Legacy

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 about An Entrepreneurial Life

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 about Aztec Spirit Personified

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 about The Lesson of a Lifetime

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 about Doing the Best We Can for Our Families, Friends, Neighbors and Community

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 about Gift from an SDSU Icon

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 about Teaching Students for Years to Come

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 about An Influential Life

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 about Looking Back to Move Forward

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 about Learn from Yesterday Live for Today Plan for Tomorrow

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 about Family Traditions

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 about Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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 about Gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure

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

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 about We Care and We Can Help

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 about Alumnus Terry Atkinson Increases Support for SDSU

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 about The Gift of Knowledge

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 about Taking the Road Less Traveled