Fundraising Campaign Provides Opportunities to Name Spaces, Commemorative Donor Wall
November 15, 2021

A committed group of Stanislaus State alumni, community leaders and supporters have come together to launch a fundraising campaign in support of one of the University’s most prominent and vital hubs of learning: the newly renovated J. Burton Vasché Library.

Turlock residents John and Jeani Ferrari and Stan State alumna Marlene Stante (’72) are co-chairing the fundraising initiative, which is aptly called “The Next Chapter.” The fundraising campaign — which officially launches today on National Philanthropy Day — continues through May 1, 2022.

Along with the Ferraris and Stante, The Next Chapter committee includes 10 others who will work alongside Vice President of University Advancement Michele Lahti and University Library Dean Ron Rodriguez.

The community-based initiative will offer participants a chance to raise money for the University Library through space naming opportunities and a commemorative wall campaign.

“Our enthusiasm for community-based fundraising coupled with our love of libraries called us to lead this campaign for the University,” the Ferraris said in a joint statement. “On behalf of our dedicated committee, we invite you to learn more about how the University’s newly renovated Library is changing the student experience and preparing graduates and scholars for the future.” 

Through the campaign, donors can secure an opportunity to name one of 35 spaces within the Library. The named spaces, which include study rooms, computer commons, collaborative spaces, a community event hall and more, range from $10,000 to $150,000. University Advancement is offering donors an option to develop a pledge schedule that will allow them to pay the gift over five or 10 years — depending on the amount — instead of as a lump sum.

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In addition to the named spaces, the campaign also includes a commemorative donor wall that offers permanent naming recognition for all gifts of $100 and above. Gifts directed toward The Next Chapter Library Campaign Fund for Sustainability and Innovation will be used to support and sustain technology, innovation and formative guest experiences at the University Library both now and in the future.

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“Stanislaus State is truly excited and grateful for the work our dedicated alumni, community leaders and University friends are doing in support of the Library,” said President Ellen Junn. “Along with our students, the University Library is the heart of our institution. Support for the Library will help it continue to thrive as a vibrant hub of learning, discovery and innovation.”

During the past three months, the Library and University Advancement have worked alongside The Next Chapter committee members to develop a capital campaign designed to raise support for sustaining and technologically strengthening the Library.

“As an alumna of Stanislaus State and now as a director on the Foundation Board, I am honored and excited to co-chair The Next Chapter,” said alumna Stante. “This fundraising campaign demonstrates a commitment to sustaining an innovative Library for current and future students at Stan State.”

For questions regarding The Next Chapter campaign, please contact University Advancement at 209-667-3131 or email