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Lifelong Ram fans

February 19, 2009

From Sugar City, Colorado to Nigeria, Africa, Galen and Bonnie Frantz have spent their lives rooted in education. They share 45 years as CSU employees, four children who are CSU alumni, and a continued devotion to the Ram family.

Galen and Bonnie FrantzLong-term relationship

The Frantzs began their long-term relationship with CSU when Galen went back to school after World War II and Bonnie went to work in the Office of International Programs. After receiving his master’s degree in Business, Galen also worked for the Office of International Programs.

When the opportunity arose for 25 families to go to Nigeria to set up a CSU field office, Bonnie and Galen joined the group. Bonnie was in charge of setting up the office and Galen was the business manager of the Nigeria contract. After two years in Nigeria, they returned to the States and continued working for the University until they retired in 1985.

Since retirement, the Frantzs have continued their commitment to CSU. Galen and Bonnie set up a scholarship through the CSU Women’s Association, or CSUWA, in memory of their daughter, Maybelle Frantz. They have also included CSU in their estate plans by supporting both the CSUWA and CSU athletics. In addition, Galen and Bonnie are members of the 1870 Club and the Frontier Society.


Bonnie has been actively involved with the CSUWA fundraising committee since 1998, when only three scholarships were offered. In just eight years they have raised enough money to offer 25 scholarships and 11 endowments. “What’s nice about a scholarship is that you can set it up in memory of a person, it pays you back, and it continues forever,” says Bonnie.

Galen also helps students through the care of his rental properties. He takes pride in the fact that the renters are all CSU students, many of whom rent for the entire time they attend school. “They’re really good kids, and they are our future,” says Galen.

Bonnie and Galen’s inspiration for giving to the University comes from their heart. “We’re just simple people and we believe that giving has to come from the heart. You have to see the need to give and what it does for the students,” the couple says.

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Contact: Beth Etter
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