Donors to SVSU have made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of students, their families, the region and the greater world. Thank you to the businesses and foundations, families and individuals who have helped us build a world-class campus, obtain cutting-edge equipment, develop strong academic programs, and fund critical scholarships. Here we share a few of our donors' stories in their own words.
With a $1 million gift commitment, the largest alumni gift to date, Janet Botz (1974, B.A.) has established the Botz Liberal Arts Fellowship Program Endowment at SVSU with the goal of establishing stronger links between liberal arts majors and the business community. “I think people who come with liberal arts backgrounds into an organization bring so much that enriches it and makes it successful,” she said. “Creative problem solving, socially savvy people who have broad vision; we need that in business.”
Since graduating in 1974 Jan has carved out a successful career, first as a journalist at the Saginaw News and later at Dow Corning Corporation where she rose to become executive director and chief communications officer. In 2008 she was tapped by the University of Notre Dame to become VP for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. Jan currently heads Botz Communications, a consulting firm based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
“I feel it's our duty to help the students who are going to come after us,” she said. “I wanted to do this in part so that it might encourage others to do what they can to help SVSU continue to grow and thrive and be as important in other people’s lives as it was in ours."
D. Brian Law
Brian Law, chairman and CEO of Magline, Inc. of Pinconning, Michigan, along with his family, established the Don C. Law Memorial Scholarship in memory of his father, a founder of the company and the driving force in its growth. Magline, Inc. manufactures hand trucks, powered trucks, brake trucks, narrow trucks, delivery systems, platform dollies, ramps, and dock equipment for an international market.
In addition to his business interests Brian has served on SVSU’s Board of Control and Foundation Board of Directors. The company and the Law family continue to support the scholarship program in order to provide increasing tuition assistance to needy students.
Donald and Jo Anne Petersen
Donald and Jo Anne Petersen have made the lead gift to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum's campaign to construct a new sculpture garden at this landmark cultural institution on SVSU's campus. Don, retired chairman and CEO at the Ford Motor Company, became friendly with Marshall after a visit to his studio. Over the years their families grew close with Don and Jo Anne having weekly lunches with Marshall and his wife, Rosalind. With this gift, Don and Jo Anne have now provided a beautiful outdoor setting at the museum for this world-renowned sculptor’s works.
"We very much liked the idea the museum had for improving the presence of the museum by having an exterior door, very well designed, and then a sculpture garden. It's going to be beautiful...So we worked out a way to make a contribution."