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Gift of science: Ernest E. Tschannen donates record $9 million

Ernest Tschannen Sacramento State took a transformational step toward the region’s scientific future with Friday’s announcement of the largest single gift in University history to help complete the state-of-the-art Science Complex.

Philanthropist Ernest E. Tschannen, the Swiss immigrant for whom the Science Complex will be named, was honored for his $9 million gift at a news conference attended by more than 150 students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University, including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Ernest believes in Sac State,” President Robert S. Nelsen told the crowd. “He believes in our students.”

“I think it’s a fantastic investment, this science building,” Tschannen said. “It will help for generations to come.”
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