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Spring 2012 SacStateAlumni.com csus.edu/giving Alums Margi ('68) and John ('68) Herzog are benefactors of the School of Nursing. Couple's gift to nursing is a natural fit Connect For the latest information about Sac State news and events, visit csus.edu. (Nursing) and John '68 (Marketing) Herzog, family comes first. The lifelong "best friends," who met as fourth graders at a Mt. Shasta elementary school, have a marriage 44 years strong, three children and five grandchildren. But their concept of family extends well beyond the gene pool. "We live our life for family," Margi says. "We have our home family, but we also think of our business as family. We think of Sac State as family." So when the University reached out for support to To husband and wife business partners Margi '68 improve the nursing program, the Herzogs responded by making a gift to the School of Nursing's new home in Folsom Hall. "It's a fabulous facility," Margi says. "When I was going to school, we just had little rooms here and there. The new Folsom Hall is unbelievable. It's something to be proud of." And the Herzogs know a thing or two about the nursing industry. Not only is Margi an early graduate of Sac State's nursing program, the duo's business, Herzog Surgical, specializes in the sale, distribution and repair of tools for operating room staff. says. "We actually deal with more nurses than surgeons, because nurses make more of the buying decisions in hospitals." The Herzogs' contributions to the medical community "Our main customers right now are nurses," John are two-fold: providing valuable services to operating rooms through their business and ensuring the future of quality nursing by filling what Margi recognizes as a shortage of nurses in the community. "I think the University should be very proud," she says. "I think if we're able to create better nurses in the program, it's going to make a great difference in our community." Margi, Herzog Surgical's president and CEO, and John, its vice president of business development, have grown the company from its inception 32 years ago to its current position supplying health care and hospital facilities spanning the West Coast and beyond, including Kaiser and UC Davis Medical Center. And their recent donation to Folsom Hall is not their first gift. The Herzogs previously donated hundreds of utility scissors, specifically engraved for the occasion, to the School of Nursing on its 50th anniversary. Continued on page 9 Stay Connected on Facebook! If you want the most up-to-date information about Sac State alumni activities and campus news, be sure to "Like" us on Facebook. The Sacramento State Alumni Association has an official presence at facebook.com/ SacramentoStateAlumni. By becoming a fan, you'll connect with other alums across the country, stay informed about upcoming events and share your Hornet pride!