Donor Quarterly - Fall 2015

Donor Quarterly header with photos of students on campus
An electronic newsletter to recognize and encourage support of San Francisco State.    FALL 2015

Highlights of
Recent Support
from our
Alumni and Friends

George and
Judith Marcus

$450,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Dignity Health

$100,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Estate of
Carlyn Jean Halde

$68,182 for scholarships in the Botany Department

Darius Anderson

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Rusty Areias

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Kofi Bonner

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Pacific Gas &
Electric Company

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Steven Kay

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Nancy Lee Mar

$50,000 for the Nancy Mar Endowed Scholarship in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department

Clint and Janet Reilly

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Wahid Tadros

$50,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation

$45,000 for the
Guardian Scholars Program

Estate of
Gayle Knowlden

$27,962 for the
College of Education

Larry Baer

$25,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Oz Erickson

$25,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Richard Guggenhime

$25,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Linda and
Nathaniel Oubre

$25,000 for the
Ernest C. Dillard, Sr. Endowed Scholarship in Labor Studies

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger

$25,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Elisa Stephens

$25,000 for the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship

Our Honor Roll

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More than $1 million raised for Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship Program

Photo of Willie L. Brown, Jr.

San Francisco State University and the Willie L. Brown Jr. Institute have raised more than $1 million to support the Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship Program. The program allows students who have faced significant barriers pursuing an education to receive hands-on experience working in government agencies and develop their passion for public service.

Funds raised will allow SF State to significantly increase the number of students accepted as fellows each semester. The fellowship is named after former San Francisco mayor and SF State alum Willie L. Brown Jr.

"I am so grateful to the donors who have stepped up to support this wonderful program, as well as to Mayor Brown for serving as an inspiration to our students and future local leaders," said SF State President Les Wong. "The Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship Program not only benefits our students through hands-on learning experiences, it also benefits the city of San Francisco by providing its public agencies with a diverse, qualified and well-educated workforce."

Read more about the Willie L. Brown donation

 

A Lifetime of Advocacy for Workers

Photo of Ernie C. Dillard, Sr. advocating for the end of racism in the U.S.

Ernie C. Dillard, Sr.

When Linda Oubré became Dean of the College of Business in 2012, she and her husband generously established the Linda and Nathaniel Oubré Leadership Scholarship in the College of Business.  Each year, top scholars in the College receive this award in recognition of their superlative academic performance and service.  This fall, in recognition of her grandfather’s 100th birthday, Dean Oubré created the Ernest C. Dillard Sr. Endowed Scholarship in Labor Studies!.

Ernest Dillard is an unsung hero and historic figure in the civil rights and labor movements.  Before the spotlight shined on civil rights leaders, Mr. Dillard fought relentlessly and without recognition to improve the rights of workers with diverse backgrounds.  A trailblazer, he was ahead of his time in fighting for the rights of all people. To this day, he is a powerful voice for the rights of working people everywhere.

“My grandfather and my grandmother, Jessie Mae Dillard, who passed away in October 1990, were my inspiration,” Dean Oubré says.  “Without even an elementary school education, Ernie went on to become an executive in the United Auto Workers and was at the inaugurations of both President Lyndon Johnson and President Jimmy Carter.  For his 100th birthday last January, President Obama sent a special proclamation honoring him, as did the City of Los Angeles and Congresswoman Karen Bass.”

Read more about advocacy for workers

 

Support for our Students

Monteverdi Fellow Theresa Fritz-Endres stands on a mountain with a grand vista behind her

Monteverdi Fellow Theresa Fritz-Endres

Dr. John Monteverdi has taught in the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State since 1979.  Enjoying an extremely distinguished career, he served as Chair of the Geosciences Department and was elected as a Fellow to the prestigious California Academy of Sciences.  Now, Dr. Monteverdi has generously established the John A. and Anna Monteverdi Fellowship in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences.

 

“Professor Monteverdi has been dedicated to helping students and the public understand weather and, in particular, severe weather phenomena throughout his career,” says Keith J. Bowman, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering.  “Through his experiences at SF State he also understands the importance of financial support for students. The John A. and Anna Monteverdi Fellowship makes a major impact on the lives of our most talented scholars.”

Read more about supporting our students

 

 

Thank you!

The San Francisco State community is very grateful for your ongoing support, especially on behalf of our students! Whether you contribute to the annual fund, scholarships, fundraising events for various programs, or to help maintain facilities, know that you and a growing family of other donors help make the University stronger than ever. SF State is increasingly recognized nationally as a leading model for public higher education and well-positioned for a bright future.
 
Nonetheless, with the state covering approximately just half of the university’s budget today and tuition over 100% higher than just a few years ago, we continue to rely on the generosity of our alumni, parents and friends.

We deeply appreciate your generosity. Please consider creating a legacy at SF State by establishing a scholarship or fellowship, which could be named for you, a company, or in honor or memory of someone special in your life. Make a gift for SF State today. To discuss these and other options, including planned gifts, please email the SF State Development Office at develop@sfsu.edu

 

 

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