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Donation for Professorship
At St. Mary’s University, we want our students to remember their time here as a defining moment, whether it is from the closeness and faith of the community, personal interactions with faculty and staff, the outstanding academics or — optimally — a combination of all three. In the case of alumni Gastón Sosa de la Torre and Marisol Arteaga Gonzalez, I think it is safe to declare the mission accomplished.    These outstanding graduates, who met at St. Mary’s and are now married, were so moved by the lasting influence of Economics Professor Roy Robbins, Ph.D., that they have given $1 million to establish a professorship in his name.   Marisol said that, “Dr. Robbins has left a mark both in my personal life and in my professional career. He has been a mentor who motivates me to believe in myself and to strive for what is right.”    We are grateful for this touching gesture from Gastón and Marisol to honor Roy’s commitment to our students and highlight St. Mary’s as a center for the study of U.S. and Latin American/ Mexican economic relations. That our faculty members can have a lifelong impact on our graduates is a beautiful testament to the mission of St. Mary’s University.   Donation for Enhanced Labs A recent $1 million gift from brothers David Biegler (B.S. ’68) and Jack Biegler (B.B.A. ’65) will help us in these efforts by providing $500,000 toward enhanced laboratories and buildings for the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as another $500,000 for scholarships.   It is an honor to accept these gifts from David and Jack Biegler and their families. Both have served St. Mary’s in many ways over the years — David is a current member of the Board of Trustees, and Jack is a former chairman of the Board — and we are grateful for their commitment to a Catholic and Marianist education.