Sixty-one million dollars in donations surged into the
university this year, creating an opportunity for CSU to give
Hughes Stadium a facelift, scholarships to students and a
collection of stringed instruments for the music department.
CSU will give back to these donors by honoring them at the
annual 1870 Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. today in the Lory Student
Center Main Ballroom.
Over 27,000 donors contributed to the enormous sum that
shattered the previous CSU donation record of $43 million set in
“We appreciate the loyalty of our donors through a very
difficult year,” said Deb McCune, director of donor relations at
The largest donation to CSU this year was the Bohemian
Foundation’s $20.1 million that will support the University Center
for the Arts, an academic facility for programs in music, theatre
and dance, and the renovation of Hughes Stadium.
Other large contributors to be honored at the dinner include
IBM, Sun Microsystems and Lockheed Martin.
Students felt some of the effects of the donations, as $2.9
million was given in scholarships, and other funds from the
donations went to support endowed chairs, professorships and the
distinguished lecture series at CSU.
Donations this year came in other forms than cash.
CSU also received a 22-foot engine for the mechanical
engineering program, project management software for the
construction management program and several collections of violins,
violas and flutes for the music department.
“It says a lot about our donors for stepping up,” McCune said
about the totality of this year’s donations.
Melissa Fair, a senior creative writing major, thinks that such
large donations are great, but that more of them should come back
to the students.
“A new stadium would be nice for CSU football fans, but I think
that education should come first,” she said. “After seeing where
the money from donors went, it is sad to see that such a small
percentage went to scholarships.”
Christy Thomas, a freshman open option student, agrees with
where the donations are going.
“Everything around looks fine and it is good that it is going to
Hughes Stadium,” she said.
Thomas also suggested some of the donations could be used to
plant more trees and re-landscape around CSU.