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Conrad Prebys Gives Massive Donation to SDSU

Conrad Prebys Gives Massive Donation to SDSU
Local philanthropist Conrad Prebys recently gave $2.5 million to San Diego State University. / Image: via Instagram.

Last month Conrad Prebys, a generous philanthropist who is known for supporting the arts, as well as health and education sectors, gave a massive donation to San Diego State University (SDSU), his second donation to the institution in 2014. According to SDSU, “When Conrad Prebys gave San Diego State University a $20 million gift earlier this year to support student scholarships, it was only the beginning. Just 10 months later, Prebys and the university have announced a $2.5 million endowment to support a new faculty position in Bio-Medical research,” of where the funds will go.

One of SDSU’s areas of excellence is in viromics, which focuses on the genetics of viruses. Reportedly, the new faculty position will be filled by an expert in this field. “The Conrad Prebys Chair in Bio-Medical Research will be a newly created faculty position that will join SDSU’s world-class faculty researchers in the area of viromics, which takes a cross-disciplinary approach to learning more about bacteriophages and exploring their potential for medical usage,” explains Greg Block of the SDSU News Center.

The $20 million gift that Prebys bestowed upon SDSU back in February was the single largest donation that the university has ever received. The gift will make it possible to provide scholarships for 150 students annually. Although he is not a SDSU alumna, Prebys has often remarked that he feels very connected to the institution.

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Conrad Prebys. / Image: via ucsdnews.ucsd.edu

“As one of our most distinguished community leaders, Conrad Prebys has, literally and figuratively, helped build San Diego from the ground up through his real estate development and his philanthropic support of our cultural, educational, and medical institutions,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman after Prebys presented the university with his first donation of 2014. “We are deeply grateful for this gift and Conrad’s profound commitment to our students and their futures,” he said.

The new position made possible by Prebys’s most recent donation is the largest endowed Chair in the history of SDSU. It is the university’s hope that this momentum will help SDSU become a top national public research university.

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What to Learn from Buddy the Elf this Holiday

Buddy the Elf

Gimbel’s Manager: “Why are you smiling like that?”

Buddy the Elf: “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.”

It’s that time of year where everyone starts to watch one of the best movies of the holiday season, Elf. Seriously, I could watch it all year round, but then I may risk getting tired of it. Watching the film for enjoyment is one thing, but there are actually many things you can learn from Buddy the Elf.

Buddy definitely demonstrates the importance of living in the moment. Clear your mind so there is no chatter, and be present. Don’t worry about the future, regretting the past, wondering what others think of you. It doesn’t have to be hard, just take your day moment by moment. You savor more when you notice more. It will also help reduce stress and get rid of all the noise in your head.

Outside of just experiencing each moment, Buddy teaches us that we can be kind to all. Buddy is curious about everyone and everything and engages with all people, rather than getting caught up in his own world. Buddy gives selflessly, like when he decorates his dad’s entire house for Christmas and he does the same for a department store when he thinks Santa is coming. It’s something we all need to work on, giving selflessly.

Be positive. Buddy is incredibly positive with his time in New York and willing to try everything. Most of us are jaded and forget that everything can be an adventure still. We need to learn how to embrace any opportunity that comes our way and enjoy it, regardless of the situation or what may be happening.