Friends of the College

written by Margaret Schmidt, Director of Advancement

I want to extend a thank you and our great appreciation to some of the most supportive alumni of the University. Many of you generously give to our annual funds within the departments on an annual basis.

As I travel outside the University to meet our alumni and community partners, I realize we are fortunate to have some of the most supportive alumni of the University. We had 17 percent more unique donors in 2012 than in 2011. That means more individuals are seeking out ways to give gifts to the department that provided them an excellent education.  While our overall gift dollars were lower by approximately 7 percent, we were impressed with the continued support we receive at the individual department level within the college.  Thank you for your generosity in partnering with the college to achieve the goals of offering a high-quality education experience for our students.

Many of our alumni give to our annual fund accounts on an annual basis. These dollars are used to help defer student research expenses, cover travel expenses to present research at association meetings, and pay for chemicals and reagents used in the laboratory settings. Other departments use their annual fund dollars to help cover the cost of updating equipment so our students can learn on equipment they might see in today’s workplace. Our alumni support promising programs and students, and we continue to pursue that level of excellence.

The Gateway Science Museum has made a significant move forward in creating a sustainable business model so it can continue to offer excellent science education exhibits and programs to our region’s children and other community members. One generous community member established an endowment to help cover operating expenses at the museum. They have set a goal of building the endowment to $3M by the year 2020 to off-set future exhibit and program expenses. One or two planned gifts (that gift set aside in an individual’s will or trust document) can help the Gateway Science Museum reach this important goal in their future.

The Chico State Herbarium, housed in Holt Hall, has many strong supporters who continue to help build this incredible repository for plant collections that reflect the rich biodiversity of the North State. It has been an integral part of the Biology Department for over 80 years! Gifts of $1,000 to $3,000 have been received in the past year to help pay the Herbarium’s operating costs.

The College of Natural Sciences is well known for the research opportunities it provides to both undergraduate and graduate students. Many of our alumni were recipients of this type of education and enjoy supporting these programs within their individual departments. Significant gifts were made in the 2011/2012 academic year to support Chemistry, Math, School of Nursing, and Biology students participating in research alongside their faculty and other university partners.

The Floyd English Natural Sciences Scholarship continues to be the envy of other scholarship programs. This $50,000 annual scholarship program just celebrated its 17th year. Twelve students received scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. This program, begun by Professor Emeritus Roger Lederer and Dr. Floyd L. English, is currently supported by the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation.

A significant planned gift was received that created a scholarship endowment for Wildlife Studies students. This $200,000+ gift will honor the family and future generations in perpetuity.

Why give? 

  • An opportunity to give back to the department with promising programs and students that gave you an incredible educational experience
  • An opportunity to acknowledge and honor your family or a loved one
Many thanks,
Margaret Schmidt, Director of Advancement