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Campaign Update

USU reaches dramatic milestone

Utah State University has reached another milestone in its $400 million Comprehensive Campaign. With still more than a year to go, the university has passed the $300 million mark. Through Sept. 30, 2010, the total raised is $308,469,655.16.


While the dollar figure is impressive and verifies the success of the campaign so far, the real story is the detail behind the numbers. The strength of the campaign can be measured best by looking at its dramatic impact on the university, according to Ross Peterson, vice president for university advancement.


Peterson pointed to five major focus areas that have been affected significantly: (1) the dramatic changes in USU's physical facilities; (2) the dramatic expansion of regional campuses; (3) the increase in endowments, chairs and professorships; (4) the campaign's impact on access to education; and, (5) the impact on Aggie athletics.


USU President Stan Albrecht said the campaign has been marked by successes at so many levels, and gifts both large and small have contributed to the success of the campaign and will reshape the university and students' lives for years to come.


“We're on track as we continue to build a university of excellence, a university of promise and a university that epitomizes leadership in all senses of the term,” Albrecht said. “I am particularly pleased to see USU's endowment grow to nearly $180 million, a 4–percent increase in the past two years.”


Peterson pointed out that in the last two years, university endowments nationwide have plummeted. According to figures listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, in fiscal year 2009, Harvard, Yale and Stanford each lost more than 25 percent of their endowment market value. But in the same period, USU had a nearly 4–percent increase — mostly due to new gifts.


“That is the best performance among Utah institutions and in the Top 10 nationally of public four–year institutions,” he said. For more details click here.


2010 Utah State University Annual Honor Roll of Donors

As a way of recognizing the many donors to Utah State University, the Office of University Advancement is publishing this honor roll of donors who made contributions in our 2009–10 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. The generosity and thoughtfulness of our donors ensures the future success of Utah State University and its students.


Loyalty Society

While we are grateful to all of our donors, we believe that those individuals who support Utah State University each year with a contribution deserve special acknowledgment. To recognize donors who have five or more years of consecutive giving to Utah State, we have created the “Loyalty Society.” At June 30, 2010, there were more than 4,600 individual members of the Loyalty Society. Thank you, dear friends, for your continued support.


This list of donors are those who have supported Utah State University for 20 or more years in a row.


The full honor roll listing can be found here.


First–time donor makes a big impact

Dr. Jed Bindrup, a native of Cache Valley, recently became a new donor and honored a USU mentor who helped place him on a path to success. Jed had an excellent experience at USU, socially as well as academically. He took science courses and graduated from the Huntsman School of Business —“totally prepared” for medical school. He was also in student leadership, serving as ASUSU Vice President for Athletics.


Faculty/staff advisor Gary Chambers became a good friend to Jed and other student leaders. “He was genuinely interested in us,” says Jed, and gave them confidence to succeed after college. Jed, a plastic surgeon, lives with his wife Ann and their seven children in Draper.


When a USU staff member asked Jed if he would like to help establish an endowment to honor Gary, he jumped at the chance. Jed gave the first gift to create the endowment, and a friend who also was a student leader under Gary matched Jed's gift to create the Gary Chambers Student Leadership Endowment. Earnings from the endowment will be used to help train students to be leaders. “I'm especially interested in helping Aggie students who want to be involved in leadership but have to work so many hours at jobs that they don't have time to do it,” said Jed. “I want to help lift some of their burden.”


The list of first–time donors can be found on–line here.


FIRST–TIME DONOR STATS:

2,127 INDIVIDUALS BECAME DONORS TO USU LAST YEAR.

THEY COLLECTIVELY CONTRIBUTED $719,390.

871 ALUMNI GAVE TO USU FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FY2010.

THAT INCLUDES 282 STUDENTS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SENIOR GIFT PROGRAM LAST YEAR.