“Re-ignited, San Diego alums keep up the heat” reads the headline of the story describing the growth of the San Diego chapter and the importance of its annual Outstanding Service Award
, which this year went to Ron Fowler
and last year was awarded to Darlene Shiley
. Both are active local philanthropists.
Mortar Board is a national college senior honor society whose members exemplify the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The San Diego Alumni Chapter includes Mortar Board graduates of San Diego State University
and the University of San Diego.
The San Diego Alumni Chapter is the first in the country to establish an endowment with gifts from alumni. A second endowment fund exclusively for the SDSU Jane K. Smith Chapter has also been established.
More than $35,000 has been raised this year to support Mortar Board national scholarship, leadership, and service efforts, and the Jane K. Smith Active Chapter at SDSU, which provides for programming and scholarship awards to Mortar Board seniors heading to graduate school.Mary Ruth Carleton
, vice president for University Relations and Development at SDSU and Jane Smith
, assistant vice president emerita for Academic Services, are campaign chairs.
San Diego’s thriving Mortar Board Alumni Chapter received national attention recently with a feature in the organization’s national magazine.