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BMS senior giving campaign sees great success in first year

As public resources for higher education continue to shrink and emphasis on programmatic excellence heightens, the role of alumni donations has become even more critical to building the strength of academic and research programs at a university.

At CSU, the loyalty and support we receive from our alumni, as they leave campus and continue their personal and professional journey, is at the core of what makes CSU such an outstanding institution of learning and innovation. This spring, the Department of Biomedical Sciences was the first program on campus to organize a senior giving campaign, and the response was overwhelming. Close to 25% of the graduating seniors donated to the program, helping to ensure that other students will share in the same quality experiences they had at CSU.

“I made a gift to the department because I felt that it was my responsibility as a current student and future alumna,” said Sam Leonard, BMS senior and Biomedical Student Association Vice-President. “Giving back to CSU does not even come close to paying back the education I received, but it does help the university in ensuring that future students are given the same opportunities that I was fortunate enough to receive.”

The Biomedical Student Association played an active role in supporting the campaign and encouraged fellow students to get involved.  They also matched every donation with an additional $5 gift to the BMS undergraduate program.

“Such a high level of student commitment to the Department is a testament to the quality of services BMS faculty and staff provide for our students,” said Dr. Colin Clay, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. “This fall, as we prepare to welcome a new class of freshmen and say goodbye to another outstanding group of seniors, the memory of our time together (and the potential in our future) will continue to be strong because we have built a community of supporters that value their education, and the CSU experience.”