Supporting Students
A gift to support Learn by Doing

One of the library's most important contributions to Learn by Doing is our commitment to creating challenging positions for Kennedy Library student assistants in which they can gain diverse pre-professional experience working closely with library professionals.

This year, the Holcombe Family gave a generous gift to support the work of student library assistants. Both Cal Poly graduates, Jerry Holcombe (B.S. Biological Sciences, '69) and Sally (Bolster) Holcombe (B.S. Home Economics, '67 and Teaching Credential, '68), are the proud parents of Cal Poly graduate Debbie (Holcombe) Kastner (B.S. Human Development, '01). During their years at Cal Poly, both Jerry and Sally recognized the importance of the library as they worked toward their degrees.

The Holcombes believe the library will always be an invaluable resource for Cal Poly students and faculty, and they want their gift to benefit current and future users. The endowment's payout will be used exclusively to pay salaries for the library's student assistants.

Student assistants play a critical role at the Kennedy Library serving more than one million visitors and yielding thousands of inquiries each year.

The library is fortunate to have a history of support for student library assistants. In 2000, Steve Pearson set up a Library Student Assistant Endowment.