A Place of Joy: What UCSB Means to One Family

Jenny and John LofthusUCSB is intricately woven into the fabric of Jenny and John Lofthus' lives. The University brought them together, served as their wedding site, and employs them in different departments. UCSB has figured so prominently in their life together they have already included it in their estate plan, making them the youngest couple yet to be welcomed into our Legacy Circle.

Although Jenny and John first met each other in the fall of 1997, the two did not have a first date until January of 2008. Their paths crossed several times in Santa Barbara over the decade in-between, with John working for UCSB's Family Vacation Center and Jenny obtaining her law degree at the Santa Barbara College of Law. But the true connection didn't happen until their second date. They were married on campus, in the beautiful setting beside the lagoon, in 2009.

John '00/'10, who is the Associate Director for the UCSB Alumni Association, and Jenny '01, who serves as the Policy Coordinator and Deputy ADA Compliance Officer for campus, believe in giving back. They volunteer with a variety of Santa Barbara-based nonprofits and felt it important to include charities in their estate plan.

"It was essential for us to have an estate plan in place with a young child, and it made sense to include a bequest to UCSB, among others, in that plan," notes Jenny. John, who assures that daughter Austen is "UCSB Class of 2033," adds that they are designating their bequest for the Alumni Scholarship Fund, ensuring financial support for future Gauchos.

The Lofthuses are proud to set an example for others their age by leaving a legacy with the University. "Our memories, lifetime friendships, and experiences are all tied to campus," says Jenny. "UCSB is our place of joy."

You can express how much UCSB means to you through a planned gift, just like the Lofthuses. Contact Ilana Ormond at ilana.ormond@ucsb.edu or 805-893-5556 to discuss your options.