The fundraisers at the SDSU Foundation in Brookings are celebrating tonight. Six years ago, they set a goal of raising $200 million by the end of this year. They weren't sure they could do it. Well, not only did they do...but they have surpassed their goal...right now they are at 220 million.... with time to spare.
Big dreams and big plans often come with a big dollar amount and six years ago, the folks at the SDSU Foundation decided to dream big.
"It was a goal that we eventually set at 200 million dollars..." 200 million dollars and SDSU Foundation President Steve Erpenbach will be the first to tell you that is a big number. Money needed to build new buildings on campus for engineering, architecture, math, computer science and physics. And money needed to fund new scholarships so students looking to study can call SDSU their home. "Student scholarships, faculty support, a lot of facility needs and what we did was go and start talking to donors...alumni, friends...business relations with SDSU to ask them to invest in SDSU."
And while alumni and friends of the school are doing their part...for students going to SDSU ...to see the metamorphosis the campus is undergoing is amazing. Jameson Berreth is a senior. "Seeing the improvements on our campus and everything that's been done...it wouldn't be possible without the campaign the foundation and the university have been undertaking."
And listen to international studies student Hassan Ali....who says being the recipient of these gifts....makes him want to do some giving in the future. "I want to be one of those students in the future who gives back to my school and looking back these students who have given back to the school I am very appreciative and I want to take that role in the future."
While the SDSU Foundation's campaign is set to end at the end of this year....foundation president Steve Erpenbach says it doesn't mean these efforts will come to an end. "The fundraising won't end when the campaign ends. We want to keep the momentum going and find ways people can invest in South Dakota State."
And what is next for the SDSU campus? The construction of a new building to house classes for architecture, math and engineering. And the construction of a new $32 million indoor practice and human performance center.
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