September 09, 2022

A committed group of Stanislaus State alumni, community influencers and supporters came together to fundraise in support of one of the University’s most prominent and vital hubs of learning: the newly renovated J. Burton Vasché Library.

Turlock residents and CSU honorary doctorate recipients John and Jeani Ferrari (’22) and Stanislaus State alumna Marlene Stante (’72) co-chaired the fundraising initiative, fittingly called “The Next Chapter.”

The six-month campaign, launched on National Philanthropy Day in 2021, raised more than $1 million for technology, sustainable furnishings and innovative guest experiences, such as a two-story mural that pays homage to the agricultural legacy of the Central Valley.

Along with the Ferraris and Stante, The Next Chapter committee included alumni, Foundation Board directors, Alumni Council representatives and members of the Vasché family for whom the University Library is honorably named (J. Burton Vasché was the University’s founding president).

The community-based initiative offered participants a chance to support the University Library through space naming opportunities and a commemorative wall.

“Stanislaus State is truly grateful for the work of our resolute committee and the more than 200 donors who supported The Next Chapter campaign,” said Stan State President Ellen Junn. “Along with our students, the University Library is the heart of our institution. The gifts received from the campaign will help it continue to thrive as a vibrant space for learning, discovery and innovation.”