The Campaign for OSU Breaks Records

December 17, 2008

Historic Outpouring Marks Public Launch

By Sara Zaske

The 2007-08 fiscal year was historic for Oregon State University, thanks to an incredible outpouring of support by the OSU community. This past year marked the public launch of The Campaign for OSU, the university's first-ever campus-wide, comprehensive campaign. Alumni and friends responded by contributing record gifts and pledges of $127 million - about $50 million more than the previous record year.

By June 30, the campaign total had climbed to $431 million toward the $625 million goal, with more than 45,000 households making contributions.

Here are a few examples of the difference the campaign is already making on campus:

  • Impact on students: Since the campaign began, more than 300 scholarships and fellowships have been created bringing top undergraduate and graduate students to campus and allowing more students from every walk of life to earn a college education and pursue their dreams.To further this effort, President Ed Ray launched a special Scholarship Initiative this year to help reach the $100 million campaign goal for scholarships and fellowships. To date more than $72 million has been raised.
  • Impact on Oregon: More than 25 new endowed faculty positions have been established since the campaign began. In addition to the McEdward professorship described on this page, these positions include two new professorships established through a $4 million gift from the family of the late N. B. "Nat" Giustina '41 and his wife, Jacqueline. The Giustina professorships will allow OSU to recruit and retain world-class faculty in forest management and turf management, providing essential support in perpetuity to two vital Oregon industries.
  • Impact on the world: OSU's Linus Pauling Institute soon will have a new home, along with chemists from the College of Science, in the Linus Pauling Science Center. This state-of-the-art facility will increase the Institute's research capacity by about 50 percent and foster major discoveries in preventive health. Slated to begin next summer, construction is made possible by a $20 million grant from the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, $10.65 million from Al and Pat Reser and many other gifts.

To learn more about the campaign, visit CampaignforOSU.org.