Outlook

What a great time to be involved with St. Cloud State

Monday, January 25, 2010

There’s an exciting vitality on campus and in the community that’s being fueled by bold leadership and a vision undimmed by economic challenges. As a business owner, I understand the value of investing in people and investing in the future, and right now there’s no better investment than in the education of our future leaders.

The St. Cloud State Foundation’s mission is “to support and enhance St. Cloud State’s ability to ignite students’ learning and discovery of their gifts, their passions, and their potential contributions to society.” We provide donors with personal opportunities to make an impact on St. Cloud State and to support the students who want and deserve a well-rounded, outstanding education. Gifts from donors provide more than 700 scholarships a year.

Now, more than ever, our students need access to the kind of education they will receive at St. Cloud State. That access comes in part from support that provides scholarships and support that allows the University to continue providing a progressive learning environment without large tuition increases. As a Foundation Board of Trustees, we realize our students learn better in facilities and with services and resources that support all aspects of their education.

In the past year the campus has opened the Wick Science Addition, which houses modern, safe, high-tech biology and chemistry laboratories for teaching and research and reopened the beautifully renovated Riverview building as home to the Communication Studies Department. Another sweeping renovation of Brown Hall for the university’s growing nursing program will be finished this spring. And the third step in making St. Cloud State a leader in science education is the proposed Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility – or ISELF, a facility we hope will get further legislative support this year.

We’re grateful that our donors are seeing their way clear to continuing and, in some cases, increasing their charitable contributions that make it possible for us to continue this important support of our students’ educational needs.


Russ Hagen

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