Applications Available for Ron Logsdon Professional Development Grant

ron_logsdon.jpgRon Logsdon, graduate and long-time staff member of the University, and former president of the Alumni Association, was a truly unique and giving individual who made SSU his main focus for much of his life. His commitment to SSU, its staff and students lives on through the Ronald O. Logsdon III Professional Development Fund Grant. He established this fund to provide professional development leaves-with-pay or awards for permanent or probationary Student Services Professionals (Steps I-IV) working at SSU.

Applications are available now and proposals are due in the Scholarship Office (Salazar 1010) by Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Announcement of this year's Ronald O. Logsdon III Professional Development Fund Grant winner(s) will be made public February 2011.

Address any questions regarding this grant to Sara Golightly in the Scholarship Office, at 4-2261 or email sara.golightly@sonoma.edu to request a copy of the application be emailed to you.

Remembering Ron Logsdon

Ron Logsdon received his B.A. in History from SSU in 1968, and after working as a teacher and a political aide in the California State Senate, he enlisted and served in the Army and received the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Service Medal for his bravery in Vietnam. He had returned to SSU in 1973 to pursue an M.A. in Counseling when he was hired as the Executive Director of the SSU Student Union.

After one year in that position, he began working in the Career Center where he was a mentor to the numerous students who worked in the Center. He was a program developer in the Career Center for 18 years. In addition, he was an avid supporter of the SSU basketball program and a positive influence on many of the players over the years. In 1973 he was elected to the Alumni Association Board of Directors and gave an enormous amount of time and energy to assist with the Association's operations. He became the Board president in 1998 and helped strengthen the connection between the Association and the University.

Ron passed away in December 1999 after a four-year battle with HIV-AIDS. To honor him, Basketball Coach Pat Fuscaldo established the annual Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic. "Ron was my good friend and he was an inspiration to all of us," says Fuscaldo. "It was an honor to name the tournament in his memory."

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