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2018 Endowment Annual Report

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Denise M. Trauth
President, Texas State University

DEAR FRIENDS,

Through your generosity to Texas State University, we have launched in- demand degree programs, constructed modern facilities, elevated our research profile, and helped many students achieve their college dreams. As ardent supporters, everything you do helps make our university better. In fiscal year 2018, your gifts had a transformational impact on Texas State, and I thank you for your commitment to our future.

Because of your vision and investment in endowment giving, during fiscal year 2018 we established 66 new endowments and received endowment gifts totaling more than $7.9 million. Endowments ensure we have the resources, now and in the future, to help our students excel. Endowments facilitate intellectual exploration through world-class teaching. Endowments also fuel research that transforms our lives and the world in which we live.

As we continue our march towards attaining national research university status, we have set an ambitious goal to elevate the total endowment value to $400 million by 2026. In fiscal year 2018, we exceeded the halfway point with a total endowment value of $204.9 million as of August 31, 2018. The goal of $400 million defines how we build Texas State’s future, and it is within our reach with the support of Bobcat alumni and friends.

This past year, the university completed several historic construction projects, including Willow Hall at the Round Rock Campus, which features state-of-the-art clinics and research labs; Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall at the San Marcos Campus, which allows us to expand enrollment and research in the College of Science and Engineering; and the University Events Center at the San Marcos Campus, which houses the newly-expanded Strahan Arena with additional space for athletic events and commencement ceremonies. Representing significant investments in the future of our university, these buildings could not have been completed without support and generous contributions from many of you. Every gift to Texas State makes a difference and moves us closer to achieving our goal of becoming recognized as a national research university.

We are immensely grateful for your support and commitment to the future of Texas State.

 

Sincerely,
Denise M. Trauth
President, Texas State University

THE POWER OF GIVING

$20,810,398

Amount donated to Texas State University in fiscal year 2018


$2,012,380 research activities
$7,293,820 student scholarships
$2,297,070 academic and athletic facilities
$9,207,128 faculty and program support

Generous Support Comes from the Texas State Community

Each year, Texas State faculty and staff come together to support the university and our students through the Family Campaign. Last year, 75 percent of our faculty and staff contributed to the annual campaign. Their gifts reflect the commitment of our university community to the future of Texas State.

BUILDING

TEXAS STATE

At Texas State, 2018 was a historic year for construction with the openings of Willow Hall in Round Rock; Ingram Hall, the new science and engineering building; and the University Events Center, which expands Strahan Arena. These buildings amount to the largest measure of space added in a single year in university history.

Willow Hall Building

Willow Hall

Made possible by a lead gift from the St. David’s Foundation, the new building houses state-of-the-art technology, research labs and specialty clinics to transform patient care.

Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall Building

Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall

Texas State Heroes Bruce and Gloria Ingram supported science and engineering growth with a generous gift for the construction of Ingram Hall, the largest academic building to-date at the university.

university events center building

University Events Center

The renovations to Strahan Arena at the University Events Center added 10,000 seats, enabling more Bobcats to attend volleyball and basketball games, commencement, and freshman orientation.

LBJ student center building

LBJ Student Center

In 2018, the LBJ Student Center, one of the busiest destinations at Texas State, began renovations to add 22,000 square feet, including a new Alumni and Future Student Welcome Center.

 
Miriam McCoy

McCoy ensures vibrant future for Bobcats

Longtime philanthropist and Texas State Hero Miriam McCoy added a multimillion-dollar gift to the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Scholars Endowment to support students in the McCoy College of Business Administration. The program provides scholarships to talented undergraduate and graduate students. To date the scholarship endowment has awarded 71 McCoy Scholars and Fellows of Excellence and 80 McCoy Scholars and Fellows of Distinction. This scholarship gift builds on a commitment the McCoys made in 2004 to support chairs, professorships, fellowships, scholarships, and faculty, program, and student development in the McCoy College. McCoy’s vision is to ensure that outstanding students are rewarded and given the educational tools they need to make Texas more vibrant and prosperous for years to come.


Building on your generosity

Each year thousands of Texas State Bobcats walk across the stage at commencement to grip that much-desired diploma and breathe in a sense of accomplishment. But they didn’t get there alone. Many generous alumni and friends such as you helped them along the way, investing in their hard work and success by endowing scholarships or supporting their academic experience, both in and out of the classroom. Your gift makes an enduring impact by helping to support our top students and many future Bobcats to come.

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THE IMPACT OF ENDOWMENTS

UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENT

$204,939,246

Approximate total value of all three endowments as of August 31, 2018

 

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$84,140,472

DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

 

$75,405,547

UNIVERSITY GENERAL ENDOWMENT

 

$45,393,227

MCCOY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS FOUNDATION


 

2018 BY THE NUMBERS

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BUILDING ON

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Texas State is committed to building a better, safer, healthier, and more sustainable future for Texas and the nation. Our faculty are leading the way with innovative research and receiving recognition from prestigious organizations such as the Fulbright Scholar Program and the National Science Foundation. More than 60 percent of our research grants are awarded by high-profile federal sponsors such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and NASA.

To become a nationally recognized research university within the next decade, Texas State must accelerate investments in research and creative expression. Sustaining growth in externally funded research is a key factor considered by university ranking organizations and by the state of Texas for National Research University Fund eligibility.

Brian Wong

Wong estate gift to enhance research activities

Since graduating in 1987 as an international student from Hong Kong, Brian Wong has maintained strong ties with Texas State. He has contributed to the national champion Entrepreneurial Action Us (Enactus) team and established several scholarships in the McCoy College of Business Administration. Wong’s affinity for Texas State is evident in his financial firm’s name, Southwest Tax & Financial Planning Ltd. Not only is his company name a nod to his alma mater but so is the firm’s “SWT” emblem in maroon and gold. In 2018, Wong showed his support for the vision of the university to become a top-tier research university by naming Texas State as a beneficiary in his will and designating a multi-million dollar gift for research.

“I hope that my charitable intent will inspire others to contribute to Texas State University.”


2018 Research and Development Funding

$64.3 MILLION

5.9% HIGHER THAN LAST FISCAL YEAR

215

NEW GRANT AWARDS IN 2018

554

TOTAL ACTIVE GRANTS IN 2018


Fulbright Scholar Program

6

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2018*

*Record-breaking award year

50+

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS SINCE 1975


Career Awards from National Science Foundation

2

FROM DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS IN 2018

12

AWARDS SINCE 2008

 
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Tim Loftus

FEATURED FACULTY

DR. TIMOTHY LOFTUS

The Meadows Center for Water
and the Environment Water Conservation Chair

Loftus just completed his first research project on water use conservation as the Water Conservation Chair. The endowed chair position supports Loftus in evaluating the relationship between the price of water and water use, particularly among rice farmers. It also enables him to employ and mentor graduate students who assist with his research.

“There’s a lot going on in Texas, and it takes time to figure out where the niche is, where can I make a difference. Texas State is involved in some of the most important water resource matters and decisions facing the state. We graduate students who can help us manage water more sustainably. In keeping with the university’s mission, Texas State wants to be part of the solution for how Texas can manage this most precious of resources in sustainable ways.”


 
Lacey Smith

“I gained a lot of research experience and exposure to different research methods. Conducting research also exposed me to the different players in the water industry. It was a good introduction to the breadth of the field, and Dr. Loftus was great about giving me opportunities to present my research. A big selling point for any job application is being able to communicate your research to a general audience, and I had multiple opportunities to do that.”

LACEY SMITH (M.A. ’17)

Graduate Research Assistant

Castro’s gift to match other contributions

As part of his enduring passion and continued commitment to Texas State, alumnus Richard A. Castro established a generous gift to support endowed athletic scholarships. His contribution will be used to match other donor gifts given to support our student-athletes. Castro established this gift to encourage others to help provide significant, dependable and permanent sources of income in the future to student-athletes.

To honor his philanthropic leadership, Texas State has named the club seating and adjacent multipurpose room at the University Events Center, the Richard A. Castro Legacy Club.

Richard Castro

Adams family challenges donors with game changer fund

The Paul and Deborah Adams Family Foundation served up a challenge to Texas State University friends and alumni through The Game Changer Fund, encouraging others to establish endowed scholarships for juniors and seniors to boost student retention at Texas State and decrease student debt and financial burden. Adams’ gift doubled its value in endowed scholarships with the addition of four new endowments: Camerata Endowed Scholarship, Griggs/Mounce Strong Women in Science Endowed Scholarship, Carol Mouché Endowed Scholarship, and Michael S. George Endowed Scholarship.

 

“When the opportunity was presented to match a donation for mid-level students in the journalism program, it was the nudge that propelled me to step up and create an endowed scholarship. Hopefully, together, we will be able to support those who have the same passion for bringing integrity to the Fourth Estate.”

CAROL MOUCHÉ, B.A. ’83

Carol Mouché Endowed Scholarship

 

“Watching seeds grow is a reward for planting them in the first place, and establishing the Camerata Endowed Scholarship for music students at Texas State University was the blossoming of an earlier effort to connect talented students and music lovers in San Marcos.”

MARGARET SHARON LOCKETT

Camerata Endowed Scholarship

 

“These scholarships honoring Mike George at his Alma Mater would make him so very proud as they serve to energize young minds intent on blazing their own unique paths in pursuit through hard work, integrity, and friendship.”

ELIZABETH ROSENBLUM, B.S. ‘92

Michael S. George Endowed Scholarship

 
Scott Emerson

Surprise support awaited Emerson

In support of the McCoy College of Business Administration, Scott Emerson established the Scott Emerson Professorship in Business Administration and the Scott Emerson Faculty Research Endowment. Both endowments were matched through the Texas Research Incentive Program, doubling the award. In recognition of his support, the McCoy College of Business Administration held a reception to unveil a plaque commemorating the two endowments. When Emerson arrived at the reception, he was delighted to find that some of his closest friends from his college days as a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity had driven hours to surprise and salute him for his generosity.

“As a group, we wanted to be present to see Scott recognized for giving back to the university which gave him so much and all of us a 45-year friendship.”

TED MCKINNON, B.S. ‘72


 
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lonesome dove gallery

Challenge Grant Spurs Wittliff renovation

A one-to-one challenge grant from the Still Water Foundation became the catalyst in securing numerous gifts for the expansion and renovation of The Wittliff Collections. The university is dedicating the remaining 10,000 square feet of space on the panoramic seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library to The Wittliff. Matching funds dollar for dollar, contributions from the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation and many other generous benefactors will continue the preservation of the creative and cultural legacy of Texas, the Southwest and Mexico through literature, photography and music.

“The Wittliff Collection’s first phase of expansion will allow us to add a gallery for Texas Music, two more photography galleries, and greatly expand our gallery dedicated to Lonesome Dove. It will also allow us to renovate and redesign our entrance, giving visitors a more welcoming and lavish space with a well-defined sense of purpose.”

— Dr. David Coleman, Director, The Wittliff Collections

 

Bobcats bond by Stepping Up

The Texas State community united during the Step Up for State campaign in October, raising $250,000. More than 50 academic programs and scholarship endowments benefited from Bobcats bonding in 1,899 minutes of giving, receiving 3,252 gifts in total.

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students holding step up shirt
Kaleigh Reyes

“There is no substitute for reaching beyond a textbook and actually seeing primates yourself in person, stepping into their world and understanding their ecology. Studying in the savannah allows me to be a better primatologist through hands-on learning and first-hand experiences. Donations from people like you are giving these animals a fighting chance.”

KALEIGH REYES, M.A. ‘19

INTO THE SAVANNA: GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ON CHIMPANZEES IN SENEGAL

Kate Crawford

“I would like to make a difference in someone’s life that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to help otherwise. This trip will show me that the world is my community and my responsibility to care for others extends to anyone in need of my help.”

KATE CRAWFORD, B.S. ‘19

ST. DAVID’S SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

Roberto Rodriguez

“This scholarship helps me stay driven in work and proves to me that people out in the world are willing to lend and help out others in need.”

ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ, B.E.S.S. ’19

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS