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As chair of the Senior Class Gift Campaign (SCGC), Katie Boggs never gets tired of sharing her love for Cal State San Marcos with her fellow students. While her goal to get every student to contribute to the annual campaign is lofty, the business administration major who will graduate in 2015, likes a challenge.
SCGC proceeds benefit the endowed student scholarship that was created in 2013. You can read about the student who was the first recipient of the Senior Class Gift Scholarship in the latest issue of Steps.
“Working on the campaign has been a really unique opportunity to give back to the University,” said Katie. “It’s really awesome because it’s truly driven by students for students.”
The 2014 campaign was successful in raising nearly $12,000 thanks to contributions from students at all levels, as well as alumni, faculty and staff.
“Our goal is to create a culture of giving from the moment a new freshman or transfer student steps onto our campus,” said Katie. “We table at events and try to tell everyone we meet that it’s not the amount that matters, but just the fact that they are giving that makes a difference. We even did a mini phone-a-thon and contacted 170 alumni in one evening to raise awareness of our goals and ask that they contribute!”
Katie was an Orientation Team Leader during the summer of 2012, and has been a resident advisor for the University Village Apartments for the last two years. Since 2013 Katie has also represented students on the CSUSM Foundation Board, a role she also takes very seriously.
“It’s my responsibility to share the student perspective with the other board members,” she said. “It was intimidating at first because they are influential members of the community, but they are really interested in hearing what students want and think.”
This summer Katie is also interning at ViaSat in Carlsbad, garnering practical hands-on experience in supply chain management.
“I am passionate about CSUSM because it has always been a place where I can be myself,” she reflected. “It’s been a place where I have found a lot of opportunities to get involved and make connections.”
More information on the Senior Class Gift Campaign.