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he signific a nce of these t wo gifts c a nnot be ov er stated. The y w ill bless the ac a demic li v es of st udents in the College for gener ations into the fu t ur e ." ROBERT E V ES, DE A N physics department at the University

America’s most successful and most

Foundation, which has been such

at Albany, State University of New

philanthropic families, as the Skaggs

a great friend to the University in

York, later serving as dean of

grocery and drug stores over the

the past, has so generously donated

graduate studies and vice president

years became part of the fabric of

to SUU in the name of science.

of

honored

our nation’s life. Indeed, the family

This building, which represents

with the university's first named

was an integral part of the genesis

many new laboratories and the

professorship, the James W. Corbett

of the chain store concept. The

associated equipment, is critical as

Distinguished Service Professor of

Skaggs family, since its beginnings

we continue to provide the best

Physics, a position of which he was

in American commerce in southern

undergraduate science education in

research.

He

was

the intermountain region,” he said.

most proud. In 1990, Walter founded X-Ray

He also lauded the Skaggs family

Optical Systems (XOS) with his

for its vision in providing funds for

son David, later serving as its chief

undergraduate research programs.

technology officer until his death in

Students in the sciences today

2009.

require experience in research to compete in an increasingly complex

In addition to his own contributions to the field at large as well as to the

world,

to

secure

employment

SUU legacy, Gibson’s wife, Alice,

in their fields or to obtain post-

and son, David, manifestly exhibited

graduate education. Undergraduate

the family’s true commitment to

research in this new facility will

academic advancement and success.

provide new opportunities to these

“We are so pleased to support

students, involving them in both

Walter’s beloved college and hope

independently

designed

projects

Alice Gibson

with faculty assistance as well as

science and engineering, just as the

Idaho in the first decade of the

in projects designed by faculty

BAC did for Walter so many years

20th century, has committed itself

members with student assistance.

ago,” said Alice, who was echoed

to the public good. They have long

by David. “My father loved his time

been treasured benefactors of the

adamant that these gifts will further

at the College,” he said. “He felt it

University.

elevate the level of the academic

helped him develop a love of science

Half

this gift will help students best prepare for successful careers in

of

the

the converse: important training

foundation’s

Eves

is

both

confident

and

experience in his College.

and discovery that continued the

gift

building

“The Walter Maxwell Gibson

rest of his life and prepared him for

construction and half has been set

College of Science and Engineering

a meaningful and successful career

aside for scholarship and research

has long been a pillar of academic

in academia and business. He was

endowments for College of Science

quality at SUU,” said Dean Eves.

very excited to give back to SUU in a

and Engineering students. Dean

“Our post-B.S. acceptance rates into

meaningful way.” 


Eves called the gift a wonderful

professional and graduate studies

resource for the benefit of students

are exemplary, and the feedback we

in the sciences.

receive from the programs in which

The ALSAM gift of $2 million comes via the auspices of L.S. “Sam” and Aline Skaggs, scions of one of

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is

designated

for

“We are elated that The ALSAM

IN VIEW

I N FUTURE V I E W IS RISING THE CAMPAIGN FOR SUU THE

our students are placed suggests

SUU In View - Fall 2012  

The Fall 2012 issue of Southern Utah University’s alumni magazine.