Why I Give: Greg Solomon '83
When I think back on my days as a student at Hardin-Simmons, all kinds of wonderful memories come flooding back. There isn't just one thing that made my time at HSU special, but many things: Army ROTC, Student Congress, Tau Alpha Phi, intramurals, organizing concerts, making lifelong friendships, and some great professors.
I realize now that one of the best decisions I ever made was attending HSU. I wanted to go to the Air Force Academy, and I had a Congressional nomination, but my dad encouraged me to try a semester at a local college, so I did. It didn't take long before the idea of being anywhere other than Hardin-Simmons no longer appealed to me. I even ran for—and won—Freshman Class President.
I enjoyed being involved in Student Congress so much that I served as Sophomore Class President, Business Manager for Student Congress my junior year, and Student Body President my senior year. Those leadership experiences, along with strong academics, prepared me well for my career in managing chambers of commerce. I was incredibly blessed to lead the Burleson Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years, and we received the National Chamber of the Year Award not once, but twice.
Because of the amazing experiences I had at HSU, I want to help another student experience the University the way I did. I know some things have changed the last three decades, but some things are still the same...the faculty, staff, and administration still invest themselves in the lives of students.
I love HSU, and I'm passionate about sharing my love for my alma mater with others.