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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM ACTING PRESIDENT GERALDINE JONES

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Posted on October 26, 2012

To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friends
From: Acting President Geraldine Jones

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Scholarship Recognition Dinner, an annual event that brings together two important groups of people — the generous alumni and University friends who create privately funded scholarships, and the students who benefit from their generosity.

The evening’s theme is appreciation, and I heard many “thank-yous” during the event.

Students, of course, took the opportunity to thank their scholarship donors for helping to fulfill their dream of earning a college degree. For many of our students, a scholarship makes all the difference. Without this important financial assistance, they would be unable to attend Cal U. For others, scholarship aid allows them to concentrate on their studies rather than dividing their time between school and work. A scholarship is helping them to earn their degree in a timely fashion and then move into the workplace.

Every student at the Scholarship Dinner had a story to tell, and the scholarship donors were eager to hear about their families, their studies and their career plans. Each student made a point of saying “thank you,” especially to donors they were meeting for the very first time.

But our students weren’t the only ones expressing appreciation. Our donors, too, had their stories.

Over dinner, many shared remembrances of an individual who had made a difference in their own lives — a family member who encouraged them, a mentor who guided them or a scholarship donor who made their own higher education possible. Our donors have never forgotten the people who helped them along the way, and now they are “paying it forward.”

Last night’s dinner epitomized for me the spirit of Cal U for Life. Our scholarship donors have given generously, sharing their time, talent and treasure. By joining our circle of giving, they have made a measurable difference in the lives of our students and their families.

I want to add my own “thank-you” to the many appreciative words I heard last night. I am immensely grateful to the donors who fund scholarships for our students, and who remain engaged with Cal U in so many ways. You are an essential part of our University family, and I deeply appreciate all you have done for our students and our institution.

I am thankful, too, for our students. You are the reason that Cal U exists, and I’m sure that your future is bright. I look forward to seeing you cross the stage at Commencement, and I hope you’ll remain involved with your alma mater long after you graduate. Please remember those who made your path a little easier, and pay that generosity forward with a kind word or deed.

In the spirit of Cal U for Life,

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

Meet Acting President Geraldine M. Jones