Donor Stories

A Teacher and Rancher Find a Meaningful Way to Make an Ongoing Impact
Diana Bright

A summer of perseverance (thanks to an algebra class!) led Cheryl Arndt to her life’s passions of teaching and operating Ridge Top Llama Ranch. To open doors for future generations of students, she’s created two gifts to CSU in her estate plan. More

A Never-Ending Gift: The Legacy of Judson and Patricia Harper

Ambassadors and staunch supporters of CSU for more than five decades, Dr. Judson Harper and his late wife, Pat, continue to make waves. More

Giving the Next Generation a Healthy Start
Diana Bright

CSU led Diana Bright to a fulfilling career as a functional medicine nutritional consultant. Through her gift, she's helping students realize their own dreams. More

Retired Educator Supports the Next Generation of Teachers
John Haefeli

John and Delia Haefeli believe in the influential role teachers play in the lives of students. They created a scholarship for future teachers to ensure they're supported in their own CSU education. More

Passion for Improving Lives Inspires Gift of Family Ranch
Karin Utterback-Normann

Karin Utterback-Normann, a third-generation Northwest Colorado rancher and Colorado State University alumna, has created her legacy at CSU with the donation of her family ranch. More

Gratitude Inspires Philanthropy and Impact
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CSU alumna Dr. Edie Best and Gigi Meinhardt are kindred souls, united by their love of animals. See how Dr. Best was honored through an estate gift to CSU for the care she provided to Gigi's dog, Kirby. More

A Blueprint for the Future
Steve Roberts

One of the things legacy donor Steve Roberts loves most about his career in civil engineering is seeing something he designed on paper become reality. While he may not see the impact of his estate gift to CSU, he knows it will turn dreams of education into reality for future Rams. More

Associate Vice President Makes Lasting Impact
Rudy and Kay Garcia

Rudy Garcia '81, a member of the University Advancement team, and his wife, Kay, are building on their annual cash gifts by creating a fellowship and funding two scholarship endowments. More

Young Alumna Rests Easy Knowing CSU Legacy Is Secure
Cynthia Patterson

At 37, Cynthia Patterson '06, '08 hopes to inspire others to plan their legacy, no matter their age. More

The Adventure of Giving Back
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For Gary and Michele Carr, personal experiences have strengthened their desire to help new students start their own adventures. More

Ministering a Bright Future
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After a 25-year journey into the priesthood, Father Don Willette is now creating a gift for the University that will help students further their spiritual and academic lives. More

A Charitable Gift Honoring Stepdaughter
Richard Thompson

After marrying into a Ram family and making a home in Fort Collins, Richard Thompson made a gift that will make a lasting impact at Colorado State University. More

Thankful for an Exceptional Education, Alum Establishes Fellowships
Thomas A. Jones

Thomas A. Jones grew up in central California, a young man committed, not only to his studies, but to athletics as well. Thomas' high school track coach, a CSU alum, helped to arrange an athletic scholarship for Thomas. More

Starting Over, Giving Back
John and Dolores Goodier

Growing up in the Depression era taught John and Dolores Goodier to be more disciplined with money. It served them well and, as a result, were able to make a gift to CSU that will impact students for years to come. More

Lifelong Learning: A Gift to CSU
Karen Morris-Fine

From humble roots, Karen Morris-Fine moved on to a career at the heights of her field—with some help along the way from Colorado State University. As part of her estate planning, she's established the Karen Morris-Fine Graduate Student and Early Career Faculty Success Fund. More

Siblings Pay It Forward
Erica and Jonathan Lobato

It all started with Erica—the first in the Lobato family to attend Colorado State University. Soon her brothers would follow. More importantly, the three of them would go on to create a scholarship that would open up new opportunities for future students. But first, to Erica’s story. More

Lifelong Connection Inspires Couple's Gift
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Colorado State University alumni Kathy ('81, '93) and Allen Brandon ('80, '83, '86) both grew up in Colorado, and both have family ties to CSU. Allen's father earned his master's degree in engineering at CSU, Kathy's sister graduated from CSU, and a niece and nephew are CSU graduates. The couple's lifelong connection to the University inspired them to include CSU in their estate plan. More

Donor Leaves Legacy with Her Time, Talent, and Treasure
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Colorado State University alumna Karen Shirey expressed her passion for fashion at an early age, and, in retirement, her interest has come full circle with her support of the University's Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. More

New Parents Plan for the Future
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When Michael Schulman ('01) and his wife, Bryn Harris, welcomed their son, Landon, into the world last fall, they set up a trust that would provide for him should anything happen to them. In the process, they decided to include a bequest to Colorado State University, where Michael earned his bachelor's degree in business administration. More

Loyal Feline Friend Inspires Bequest
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Tom Jackson and his loyal feline companion, "Buttons duh Cat", were inseparable friends for 14 years. When Buttons passed away after a long battle with chronic renal disease, Tom developed an estate plan that would not only memorialize his beloved best friend, but also support innovative research to develop better treatments for chronic renal disease. More

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