CSC News

November 29, 2007

Brown Family Makes Major Contribution to 40th Year Scholarship Campaign

Photo of Brown FamilyNC State alumni, Tony Brown (BS CSC ’83) and his wife Kathryn (BA English ’83), have made contributions to the department’s 40th Year Scholarship Endowment Campaign valued at almost $5,400.

According to Ken Tate, director of development & external relations for the department, equally impressive to the value of the donations is the variety and creativity displayed by the Browns in their support of this initiative.

In addition to a substantial cash gift, Mr. Brown offered the department 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his recently published book (up to 100 copies) entitled “A Happy Guide to a Short Life – A Response to Ms Quindlen’s Fine Book” which is available on or through

Brown offers, “Everything great in our lives goes back to NCSU’s brickyard:  marriage, kids, education, work experiences, NCSU sports, and our great college friends.  We’re very proud of the growth and NC State in general and the CSC Department in particular.  The 40th Year campaign was a lot of fun, and we are happy to help out.”

The Browns also arranged the donation of a “Happy Guide Evolution Set" ring, a custom piece of jewelry designed by Jewelsmith in Durham specifically to compliment the book, and they donated their four season tickets to ten basketball games to the online auction held to raise funds for the new endowment.  All combined, through the Brown’s creative support and the generosity of many CSC Alumni, the 40th Year Scholarship campaign has collected $11,000 to date toward the creation of the endowment

An additional $4,000 is required before the endowment can officially be launched.  If you would like to make a year-end contribution to the campaign, make your check payable to “The NC State Engineering Foundation” (noting “40th Year Scholarship” in the memo section) and mail it to Ken Tate at Campus Box 8206, Raleigh, NC 27695.  And don’t forget to include your company’s matching gift form!

The department (and future generations of students) would like to thank the Browns and everyone who contributed cash to the campaign, donations to the online auction, or who bid on items in the online auction.

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