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We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to San Diego State University. Here are their stories. 

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Donor Support for SDSU is Strongest Ever

SDSU alumna has chosen to leave a legacy that honors her late husband while helping disabled student performers in the performing arts. Learn how you can help students and leave a legacy through your estate plan.

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Leanne Babcock

My SDSU story begins with…A Spring Break trip to San Diego in March 2003.

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Gerry 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.

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Meet 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.

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Just 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.

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A 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.

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A 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.

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Meet The McKenzies

The McKenzies arrived at SDSU as faculty members in August 1980 and they continue to serve the University.

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Marshalls 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

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When SDSU Is Part of Your DNA

Christine Probett says San Diego State is part of her DNA. It's where she earned three degrees and has served as a professor for more than 10 years. As a way of giving back, she and her husband created an endowed scholarship at the Fowler College of Business to benefit future students.

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School 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.

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The 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.

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'The 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.'"

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