No one has ever seen Hepner Hall like guests did the night of Sept. 16, when San Diego State celebrated the official kickoff of The Campaign for SDSU.
Large screens shaped like the iconic campus building stood tall over more than 400 guests, including donors, students, faculty and staff, on the floor of Viejas Arena.
Throughout the program, the screens showcased Aztecs engaged in the programs and activities that make the university great.
Elliot and Jeri Hirshman thanked donors for their continuing generosity and announced recent big gifts totaling $1.6 million. Then the SDSU Band led a rousing rendition of the fight song.
Jim and Janet Sinegal, who both hold multiple degrees from SDSU, shared the great need for investing in students through scholarships and financial support of critical academic programs.
Kit Sickels, '60, chair of The Campanile Foundation, and Mary Ruth Carleton, vice president of University Relations and Development, thanked supporters for believing in the future of SDSU.
Reggie Blaylock, '88 and '10, described how SDSU's Guardian Scholars program profoundly impacts the lives of foster youth.
Tom Rivera, '13, a classics major in the College of Arts and Letters, shared how scholarships enable his academic success.