An update from President Denise M. Trauth of Texas State University

Fall IV
Dear Friends,

We are just three months into our new academic year, and Texas State is riding a new wave of momentum following our most successful fundraising year ever. We finished a phenomenal fiscal 2015 with a record $24.4 million in gifts, and several gifts this fall have set the pace for a banner fiscal 2016, which began September 1.

On Thursday, we announced that our new Engineering and Science Building will bear the names of university “Heroes” Drs. Bruce and Gloria Ingram, whose extraordinary generosity over the years has helped transform the university. Heroes are those individuals or organizations that have given the university $1 million or more in gifts. We were excited to share the occasion with the Ingrams and The Texas State University System Board of Regents, which authorized naming the building for them.

The Ingrams and the company Bruce and Gloria Ingram founded, Ingram Readymix, have accounted for more than $21 million in support to Texas State’s engineering program and research facilities. In fact, it was the Ingrams who gave a key gift that led to the establishment of the Ingram School of Engineering in 2007.

You can read more about the Ingram gift here.

Drs. Bruce and Gloria Ingram (second and third from left) take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the engineering and science building that will bear their name.

Another big boost to the university came this month when San Antonio alumnus Dan Diepenhorst and his wife Cindee gave a $1 million gift that will be used to match other philanthropic support for endowed athletic scholarships. Gifts ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be matched through the Diepenhorst donation. The goal is to encourage other passionate Texas State alumni to give, increasing the overall athletics scholarship endowment by $2 million. The gift makes the Diepenhorsts among our newest “Heroes,” and regents this week authorized the university’s request to name the Champions Club at Bobcat Stadium after the Diepenhorsts.

Also this fall, we celebrated a longstanding relationship with our partner, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., another Texas State “Hero.” Freescale in 2008 gave the university equipment used to manufacture semiconductors and was a strong supporter a few years later when the university was establishing STAR Park. In 2015 alone, the company provided $380,000 in scholarships, programming and in-kind equipment to support engineering research activities. So it was fitting in September that we named one of our engineering labs the Freescale Embedded Solutions Laboratory to recognize the company’s longtime support.

Freescale Semiconductor representatives outside their namesake lab

There was more good news earlier this fall from the Wells Fargo Foundation, which gave Texas State $100,000 to support a renewable energy project at STAR Park. This project will focus on the development, evaluation and demonstration of renewable energy technologies and will be a perfect fit for our research park.

Moreover, the Wells Fargo Foundation gift is eligible for a $50,000 match from the Texas Research Incentive Program. This marks the second $100,000 gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation to Texas State. The foundation’s first grant was in 2014, and it provided funding for initiatives in renewable energy and environmentally sustainable water technologies.

In other recent news, Texas State received a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement a program aimed at helping strengthen family relationships for pregnant adolescents and young parents.

The grant will fund a newly modified version of the Strengthening Relationships and Strengthening Families program, which will be delivered with the help of students from Texas State and surrounding universities to adolescents enrolled in pregnancy, education, and parenting programs in Central Texas. An earlier version of the program that launched in 2007 improved the relationships of more than 1,200 adolescents in the region.

We are most fortunate to have so many partners and friends who believe in our teaching and research missions and in our athletics activities. It is their support that pushes the university to higher levels of excellence.


Denise M. Trauth
Office of University Advancement
601 University ​Dr. • San Marcos, ​TX ​78666
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