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Faces of Giving

Why give to CAUS?

By giving to CAUS, you support our people, programs, and prestige in national rankings.

Need another reason? Ask our students, alumni, partners, and friends.

Laurie Booth
Architecture student and Virginia Tech FutureHAUS Dubai Solar Decathlon team leader

“When you support CAUS, you are giving to something much larger than yourself. You are enabling innovation and discovery. You are empowering students through travel opportunities and independent studies. You are fueling the Hokie Spirit. Donations to CAUS will make it possible for our Solar Decathlon team to travel to Dubai in November of 2018.”

Corey Clayborne
2004 architecture alumnus and AIA Virginia Executive Vice President

“I believe in CAUS. It helped shape who I am today professionally and has opened doors of opportunity for me. The important thing is to give what you can — whether that’s $20, $2,000, or $200,000. Never dismiss yourself due to the size of the gift. The important thing is that you gave, which shows that your heart is positioned for servant leadership. This is Ut Prosim.”

Uyen My Dao
Building Construction student

“I’m very proud to be the first generation to put myself through a university. I pursue the construction industry in the hope to make a difference in the world. A substantial amount of my college funding comes from scholarships, grants, and student loans. In my perspective, giving to CAUS means promoting and rewarding its citizens to continue to take a responsible role in society.”

Lucy Ferrari
CAUS faculty emerita

“It’s been one of the great pleasures of my life to have helped enable generations of CAUS students to travel and experience Europe as part of their education. With the donation of the Ferrari Archive, we hope to continue to inspire students to explore and dream big. I cannot think of a worthier investment than the students of CAUS.”

Aimee Alix Fogarty
2003 building construction alumna and Vice President, Skanska USA Building

“In the spirit of Ut Prosim, I believe in paying it forward to the next generation of Hokies in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies by sharing my time and financial contributions. It gives me great satisfaction to help a place that supported and meant so much to me — and to see our programs continue to grow. Go Hokies!”

Richard Gibbons
Landscape architect

“Virginia Tech has always been a great model of public service and public involvement. Over the years, we have worked together on many wonderful student projects for small communities that need the services of a landscape architect but can’t afford them. Seeing the work the students can do for these communities is absolutely amazing.”

Steven and Cathi House
1975 and 1977 architecture alumni; founding partners, House + House Architects

“Cathi and I value the extraordinary education we received from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. We began while still in school by donating to scholarships, then serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council, establishing our own traveling scholarship, organizing Bay Area events for visiting faculty, and creating our CASA Mexico Study Abroad Program where we take CAUS students to Mexico for intensive cultural immersion. We continue to encourage fellow alumni to actively support the college.”

Kevin Jones
2014 industrial design alumnus and co-founder of JoBa Design; former NFL and Hokie football player

“As a former professional athlete trying to figure out the second quarter of my life, the opportunity to land in CAUS was life-changing. CAUS took my passion in the arts and creativity and provided me with the training and processes that I use today. By supporting the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, you can help provide additional resources for future designers to learn and become masters.”

Ray Kass
Artist and School of Visual Arts professor emeritus

“Supporting the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech is a passion and a pleasure. Each time I work with the students, graduates, and faculty; see the caliber of work they’re producing; and contribute to Virginia Tech’s flourishing reputation in the arts, I’m rewarded.”

Hannah Largen
CAUS 2018 Outstanding Senior and Visual Communication Design major

“By donating to CAUS, you’re not just giving money, but invaluable opportunities to first-generation college students like me. Over the past four years, I have received the best hands-on learning and unforgettable experiences through CAUS that have helped me achieve my dreams and get to where I am today. As a student who has relied on loans, grants, and scholarships to fund my college education, I know that these past four years have only been possible due to the spirit of Ut Prosim and giving from my fellow Hokies, and I am incredibly grateful.”

Thanhthao (Michelle) Le
Architecture student

“I give to CAUS as a tribute to all the experiences the Virginia Tech FutureHAUS Solar Decathlon project has given me. It is my way of expressing gratitude toward the plethora of programs the college supports – and replenishing the system so future students can benefit from it.”

Ricabelle Pagara
Building Construction student

“The students in this college are the future architects, builders, and designers that will help build better, more sustainable infrastructure and buildings all over the world. People should give to CAUS because they will not only help send students to college but also build better leaders of the future. The A. James and Alice B Clark Foundation scholarship made it possible for me to attend college and gave me a chance to reach my life goals.”

Marquis Reynolds
Architecture student

“People should give to CAUS not only to fund projects, but to foster an atmosphere of research, collaboration, and hands-on experience. Donor support encourages students to set the bar higher by giving us the means to go out and create. It gives us the opportunity to pull from everything we have learned in order to make cutting-edge architecture that will inspire the future.”

Matthew Stephen Worner
2008 SPIA Master of Public Administration alumnus and U.S. government auditor

“Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and its Master of Public Administration program have been a gift to me. Accordingly, it’s vital as an alumnus to provide my service and financial support.”

Our college enjoyed great response and generosity in Virginia Tech’s first Giving Day.

CAUS received 206 gifts for a total of $56,338. Myers-Lawson School of Construction, in a separate Giving Day effort, received 58 gifts totaling $15,293.

That’s a total of 264 gifts and $71,631 extending across all of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies in our very first 24-hour online event!

What does that mean?
More opportunities for our students, graduates, faculty, and research to make a positive global impact.

Thanks to all who gave, spread the word, and signed up as Giving Day Ambassadors. And kudos to our exemplary alumni, friends, partners, faculty, staff, and students who do your part each day to make CAUS a place worth investing in.

Special thanks to our challenge gift donors, including Jon Eisen, Kristine Fallon, and Mark and Diana Olmstead.

Our next Giving Day will be held March 19, 2019, from noon to March 20 at noon. Please join in once again next year.