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of funding for students, programs by the late Chien Hu, are paying dividends for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Hu, who taught in the department for 26 years before retiring in 1992, established the Chien Hu Senior Physics Award, which honors a student who receives a perfect 4.00 GPA in all coursework required in the physics major. Joshua Frye, a 2013 graduate, received the Hu prize in September, only the third time the award has been presented since its creation in 2001. The scholarship allowed Frye to significantly reduce his student loan debt. In addition to recognizing outstanding student achievement, Hu also included in his estate planning an endowment to help ensure the longevity of the physics department. And it has been essential, says department chair Bill DeGraffenreid. "It's been part of the department's ability to thrive," DeGraffenreid says. Earnings from the $2 million endowment have allowed the department to support student research, including purchasing equipment, supplying travel costs and allowing release time for faculty to assist students in their work. Hu's endowment has also supported the physics colloquium series, provided sponsorship for this year's One Book program and funded curriculum development for an experimental course in dark matter and dark energy, something that wouldn't be possible using state funds, DeGraffenreid says. "(Professor Hu) served as an inspiration to other people," Endowments at Sacramento State: The basics Endowment gifts provide a source of perpetual support for Sacramento State. When you establish an endowment, the funds are invested and the interest generated goes to the program of your choice, while the principal remains intact. Performing Arts Scholarship supporters (from left) Doug Peckham, Muriel Payne and Brenda Peckham met this year's recipient, Joshua Diaz, at the Alumni Scholarship reception. DeGraffenreid says. "We are happy to honor his interests." And he is just one example of physics department faculty giving back to the department. Emeritus professors Edward Iloff, Gene Barnes, Susie Fenton and Royal Vandenberg all have endowments to support scholarships and programs in physics. "Endowments allow donors to make a lasting impact on programs they care about," Sales says. "Years from now, students will still be reaping the benefits of the endowments established by donors." (*See the related story on this page.) Sometimes it "takes a village" to create an endowed scholarship. Last spring's Green and Gold Gala: A Decade of Distinction, recognized President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez for 10 years of service to Sacramento State and the community. It also raised nearly $200,000 to fund an endowed scholarship named for the Gonzalezes. The President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez Public Service and Community Leadership Scholarship, which pays for a year's tuition, will be awarded annually to a student who demonstrates dedication to public service. The inaugural award went to Katie Williams, a psychology major who advocates for mental health and suicide prevention. Gonzalez Scholarship recipient, Katie Williams. New endowments Al-Qazzaz Outstanding Student Awards Endowment Taylor and LaDean Belt Government Faculty Development Endowment Taylor and LaDean Belt Public Policy and Administration Faculty Development Endowment Taylor and LaDean Belt Sacramento Semester Program Endowment Professor Richard Cleveland Memorial Endowment Henry Steven Giron Memorial Scholarship Endowment President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez Public Service and Community Leadership Scholarship Endowment Professor David F. Humphers Award in Social Work Scholarship Endowment Rose Karadsheh Scholarship Endowment Joseph Allen Long Memorial Scholarship Endowment Ralph G. and Barbara J. Mann Endowment Stuart and Patricia McIntosh Armed Forces and Business Scholarship Endowment James and Edna Owens Electrical and Power Engineering Memorial Scholarship Endowment Steve and Ginny Patterson Scholarship Endowment Phyllis I. Sorichetti Music Endowment Hilsia Souza Memorial Endowment Dan and Sarita Turner Scholarship Endowment A complete list of University endowments is available in our Honor Roll of Donors at, along with the names of donors for the 2012-13 fiscal year. A portion of the interest or earnings from the endowment is spent on an annual basis. For the last three years, The University Foundation at Sacramento State has paid out an impressive 5 percent in support of students and programs at Sacramento State. Earnings in excess of the payout are returned to the endowment to assure that the principal will grow over time. Individual endowments combine to make up the total University endowment, which supports people, programs and facilities campuswide. In 2012-13, the University's assets topped $31 million (see the attached Annual Report of Giving). You can establish a new endowment with a minimum threshold of $10,000, given either as a onetime gift or contributed over a period of time. You can also designate a deferred or planned gift—such as a bequest—to establish an endowment in the future. Scholarships are the most common use of endowment funds, but endowments may also support academic programs, athletic teams or other areas of your choice. Estate Planning 101 Learn how you can establish an endowment to support students and programs at Sac State at our Estate Planning 101 seminars. Led by University Foundation at Sacramento State planned giving advisor and estate planning specialist Mark Drobny, these free educational sessions provide the latest information on planned giving options. Sessions run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sacramento State Alumni Center and include lunch. Upcoming seminars will be held: Wednesday, Feb. 26 | Tuesday, May 6 Wednesday, June 18 To sign up or for more information contact Lisa Woodard-Mink, Director of Planned Giving, at (916) 278-3852 or Fall 2013 9

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