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Giving Update May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

All in the Family

Engaging UC San Diego Parents in their Students’ Education

Remember your parents’ excitement when you received your acceptance letter from UC San Diego? It may have even rivaled your own eager anticipation.

Family Weekend


Annual Support Makes a Difference Every Day

Each year, as alumni, you receive letters from campus and calls from student workers asking for support for UC San Diego. You gave, and so now what impact do your gifts have?

When you give annually to UC San Diego, you can accomplish everything from helping tomorrow’s artists, engineers and entrepreneurs, to finding the cure for cancer and developing policies that promote global security and understanding.

Your gift—whether $25 or $25,000—makes a difference to our students, our campus, and local and international communities, especially when combined with the support of other like-minded alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends.

Annual gifts are a vital source of support for UC San Diego. The state provides only 12 percent of UC San Diego’s budget and current state cutbacks threaten that amount even further. Your annual support will help our campus continue to have a local impact, national influence and global reach as one of the world’s leading education and research institutions.

With your annual contribution, you may support the area that means the most to you, whether it’s a program, college, school or division.

So the next time you check the mail and find that letter from your alma mater or answer the phone and find yourself speaking with a UC San Diego student, consider how every gift makes a valuable and immediate difference to the University—and begins a lifetime of philanthropy with impact.

For more information on annual gifts to UC San Diego, please visit www.ucsdfund.ucsd.edu.

Karen Hunter Moraghan, ’81

Quick Takes
Favorite place on campus?
The eucalyptus grove near Library Walk. The aroma was so calming.

Favorite gathering with friends?
Eating chips at the Market Café in Del Mar.

Who made the biggest impression?
My mentor, Judy Sweet. She went on to become the NCAA’s first female president.

Advice for current students?
Relish, enjoy and get involved.

Athletics, academics, time management
and fun were all cornerstones of Karen Moraghan’s life as a UC San Diego student. A communications and sociology double major with a visual arts minor, Moraghan competed in track, cross country and crew. She served as sports information director for Triton Athletics and sports editor for The Guardian, and still found time to play recreational innertube water polo, floor hockey and championship flag football.

Blending her passion for communications and sports with a knack for juggling tasks, Moraghan opened Hunter Public Relations • Special Events in 1990. The company has since earned a stellar reputation in hospitality, golf and spa marketing.

Last year, Moraghan’s work brought her back to San Diego, when the U.S Open was hosted at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Serving in her 15th year as a media volunteer for the Open, Moraghan facilitated player interviews with media from around the globe, and helped ensure that the eyes of the world were trained not only on Tiger Woods and the scenic golf course, but also on its neighbor, UC San Diego.

Moraghan serves on the UC San Diego Alumni Association board as secretary, and generously pledged an endowed alumni scholarship to pass on the gift of education. Such endowed scholarships, totaling $30,000, remain in perpetuity and may be funded in annual $6,000 increments.

You’ve consistently supported UC San Diego with your time and resources. Why?
My experiences at UC San Diego were so positive. They gave me a great base from which to grow—both personally and professionally.

Why did you decide to create an endowed scholarship?
Endowing a scholarship is a great way to make a permanent imprint on the lives of many students. By dividing up the payments over five years, UC San Diego has made this investment very manageable for many alumni.

Would you recommend this type of gift to other alumni?
Yes. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to know that I’ve made a small contribution to help students live the UCSD experience like I did, pursuing their dreams at one of the best universities in the country.

How do you approach philanthropy?
Give where you can, when you can—in your community, to the University, to a cause in which you have an interest or passion. Your gift doesn’t always have to be financial. You can contribute time and professional skills; your personal commodity.


The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What's Next

Recent Gifts

Generous gifts totaling $2 million from several anonymous donors have established the endowed Chair of Cardio­thoracic Surgery at UC San Diego. World-renowned
cardiothoracic surgeon Stuart Jamieson, MB, FRCS, has been named the first chair-holder.

The Bernard and Sophie Gordon Engineering Leadership Center has been established at the Jacobs School of Engineering thanks to a $2.5 million gift from Bernard and Sophia Gordon through the Gordon Foundation. The center will train leaders to ensure that the U.S. remains at the forefront of technological innovation.

Ilse Warschawski, the wife of Mathematics Department founder, Stefan Warschawski, left more than $1 million in her trust to UC San Diego. The gift was split between Mathematics and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

The Preuss School recently received the gift of partnership with Gen-Probe, Inc. The San Diego-based company has become the school’s top corporate Partner for Academic Excellence with a $135,000 commitment over three years.

Last year, Qualcomm Incorporated doubled the impact of its employees’ charitable gifts to UC San Diego, matching more employee donations to the University than any other company. When you make a gift to UC San Diego, please check first to see if your employer has a matching gifts program by visiting www.matchinggifts.com/ucsd.

Learn More
For more information on giving to UCSD, please visit www.giving.ucsd.edu, email giving@ucsd.edu or call the Office of Development at 858-534-1610.