Duncan Reno (right), One Purpose volunteer and CSU Stanislaus alumnus, with reporting team volunteer Charmaine Daniel.
More than 100 alumni gave during the inaugural One Purpose campaign this fall. Together, they pledged nearly $190,000 toward the fund drive’s total of more than $550,000 that will be awarded as scholarships to high-achieving students at CSU Stanislaus next fall.
Rallying this effort were nearly 100 alumni volunteers who stepped forward to support student success and promote pledges for the cause. They were among a group of nearly 300 volunteers from both the campus and the community who joined forces to make the campaign a success.
Outstanding alumni volunteers included John Jacinto, with his wife Edith; Brett Dickerson, with his wife Diane; Debbie Gomez, with her husband Nelson; Glenn Navarro, with his wife Ursula; Ashleigh Volk, with her husband Drew; and Pete and Bev Finley.
Included among the top donors to One Purpose was alumna Alison Allen, with her husband Michael, of Allen Mortuary. They made a pledge of $10,000, the highest tier for individual and corporate donors. Alumnus John Jacinto made a pledge of $5,000 to support student success, as did his business Vistech Manufacturing Solutions LLC. Alumna Eileen Hamilton also made a notable contribution at the $5,000 level.
The generosity of these alumni who have committed their time and made a financial investment in the success of students confirms their pride in their alma mater, and in the way the University is preparing students to contribute to the community.
With the majority of CSU Stanislaus graduates choosing to stay in the Central Valley, an investment in scholarships through One Purpose becomes an investment in the future of the region. Alumni have a unique ability to connect with and support students through their shared experiences at the University, and their shared pride in the community.
Duncan Reno, a One Purpose volunteer who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at CSU Stanislaus, is now the general manager for Del Rio Country Club in Modesto. He recalled the passion his professors exhibited in the classroom and said his positive experience as a student contributed to his desire to give back to the University through One Purpose.
“Once students come to this beautiful campus they fall in love with it, and they become a part of our community. I want more students to come here and have a positive experience,” Reno said. “I think CSU Stanislaus has the potential to be one of the top CSUs in the system.”
Alumna Clarissa Lonn-Nichols, who is the director for student leadership and development at CSU Stanislaus, volunteered for One Purpose with her husband Chris Nichols, also an alumnus. Lonn-Nichols said she was motivated by the opportunity to invest in students and to encourage others to do the same.
“Contributing to scholarships sends a message to students that they are worth investing in and it has a ripple effect — those students often go on to encourage others, and ultimately they give back to the community,” she said. “I am excited for this chance to make it possible for others to pursue their dreams, just as I did.”