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State of Family: CHHS faculty and staff give back in 2016

November 08, 2016

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The College of Health and Human Sciences has a lot to be thankful for this year. Through memorial gifts, scholarships, and collective giving, faculty and staff have made a real impact on our students and their CSU experience.

"I was blown away by the generosity of our faculty and staff this year," shares Dean Jeff McCubbin. "They give so much to our students throughout the year and it is inspiring to see them invest in student success through their charitable giving."

Love Your State

During this year's Love Your State Day of Giving, faculty and staff from all eight CHHS units participated, raising funds for the newly established CHHS First Generation Student Success fund. These gifts will be used to fund emerging needs that are often difficult for these students to afford, including leadership development opportunities, travel to professional conferences, training, and other beyond-the-classroom expenses that round out the CSU experience.

In memory

This year, the CHHS community paid their respects for two colleagues who left us too soon. The outpouring of respect and love was truly moving.

- The Richard Gay Israel Health and Exercise Science Scholarship was created by the Department of Health and Exercise Science and supported by many colleagues, alumni, family, and friends to honor Israel's impressive career and transformational leadership as department head from 1996-2014. The scholarship will support undergraduate HES students. Israel passed away in 2016 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was featured as a Legacies Project honoree; learn more about him here (link to

- The Natalya and Serenity Bowen Memorial Scholarship will support Construction Management students in memory of Natalya Bowen, CM communications and special projects coordinator. Natalya and her unborn daughter, Serenity, died unexpectedly in 2015. Her husband, Matthew, started the scholarship to honor Natalya's passion for CM and for the close relationships she built with her colleagues in the department.

Celebrating careers

Units across the college rallied to honor their colleagues and their phenomenal careers in CHHS. These longtime educators may have retired this spring, but they have left a lasting impression on their colleagues and alumni, and will now make a difference in the lives of future students for years to come.

- MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science was established to honor the career of Human Development and Family Studies professor Dr. David MacPhee. HDFS faculty and staff contributed funds which will be used to bring experts in prevention science from across the U.S. to speak to CSU students.

- Nathalie Kees Student Travel and Training Award was established by School of Education associate professor Nat Kees, to fund graduate students in the Counseling and Career Development program to participate in valuable educational experiences outside of the classroom. Kees was featured among the Legacies Project honorees in 2016 as well. Visit her Legacies Project web page here (link to

Monthly giving makes a big difference

Payroll deductions are an easy way to make a philanthropic investment in CHHS. Faculty and staff are empowered to use their unique perspective to provide support in the areas they see as having the greatest need. Their generous example builds on the culture of giving back that we teach our students.

In 2016, CHHS had 22 faculty and staff give to the college through payroll deductions. These dedicated donors make monthly gifts that can add up to make a big impact. CHHS is honored to have an additional seven staff members from other units on campus who designate payroll deduction giving to CHHS.

"My history with CSU and the opportunities this institution has provided to me over the past 30 plus years inspire me to act in gratitude as a donor. I have found that the easiest way to express my appreciation is through pay roll deduction. I never having to worry about "forgetting" to show how I feel about this place and its people," explains Karen Rattenborg, director of the Early Childhood Center and payroll deduction donor.

Inspiring the next generation

This generosity has a ripple effect across the college. The CHHS Dean's Leadership Council has continued to add to their fundraising programs, encouraged by the dedication of CHHS faculty and staff.

"The Dean's Leadership Council is continuously inspired by the giving of faculty and staff because of the profound impact it has on our educational experience," says Kelsey Furlong, DLC president and human development and family studies junior. "We are moved by the kindness that is reflected by CHHS faculty and staff, and look forward to having the opportunity to give back to future students in the same way they've supported us."

The DLC is already paying it forward, tackling two major fundraising projects this semester to help raise funds to create a one-year scholarship for CHHS students.

State of thanks

Faculty and staff are the heart of the CHHS family. We are inspired by those saw a need and stepped forward to state their purpose by giving to their areas of passion. Your gifts enrich programs, guide research, and enable CHHS students to make the most of their CSU experience.

"To our faculty and staff, thank you for giving so much to the college," shares Dean McCubbin. "Your generosity this year has made a tremendous impact. Thank you for being a part of State Your Purpose: The Campaign for Colorado State University."

Contact:  Shannon Dale

Telephone:  970-491-6690