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A Message from the Campaign Chair

“In these economic times, San José State University, like so many other public institutions, must rely on private giving to achieve its goals. I urge our alumni, friends, corporate partners, and others to invest in an institution that matters, an institution that uses its dollars wisely, an institution upon which we all depend to supply tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and doers.”

I was a first generation student from a humble background. My parents were teenagers when I was born, but they were intent on my going to college. Though I was accepted at other institutions, I chose San José State University simply because it felt like home. It ended up giving me the tools to move forward in life, and it served as the gateway to a higher standard of living, to being more connected, to being more knowledgeable. I’ve been blessed with a lot of success because of San José State University—and I’m certain my fellow alumni share my sentiments. I am very proud to say that San José State University is my alma mater.

San José State supplies more employees to Silicon Valley than any other institution. We graduate the majority of teachers, nurses, engineers, and managers. We enhance the region culturally, and our economic impact is tremendous.

But we are not content to stay where we are. Instead, we are launching Acceleration, our first-ever comprehensive campaign, so we can take today’s university and propel it into the future at a pace that fits Silicon Valley.  Acceleration is about changing lives through our programs, our partnerships, and our people.

In these economic times, San José State University, like so many other public institutions, must rely on private giving to achieve its goals. I urge our alumni, friends, corporate partners, and others to invest in an institution that matters, an institution that uses its dollars wisely, an institution upon which we all depend to supply tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and doers. Please give generously to Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University.

– Cynthia Lazares ’76

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Those who do will ensure a bright and strong future for the university, our city and region, and especially our students.

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