Gladys and John Campolongo

Creating opportunities one student at a time

A superior education with extensive opportunities in computer science, all offered at a good value in the heart of the city—that’s what led both John, CST '92,  and Gladys, CST '92,  Campolongo to choose to attend Temple. The dynamic duo met on Main Campus, and now their eldest of three daughters is a Temple student. John is the Managing Director of Advisor Technology Platforms at SEI, where he has worked for 25 years. He has served on CST’s Alumni Board, as president of the Temple University Alumni Association and as a university trustee. “Serving in leadership roles at Temple has been so rewarding because I can positively influence outcomes for students, the university as a whole and the Philadelphia region,” John explains.
 
After many years of giving to essential student scholarships at CST, John and Gladys were recently inspired to give in another way. Through an online OwlCrowd campaign, they chose to help send six CST students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.
 
“As parents of three daughters, we saw the value in giving female students at Temple an opportunity to gain professional visibility in a male-dominated industry, to expand their networks, learn about new technologies, and hopefully gain an edge in career development,” says Gladys. “Giving back is one of the most selfless things a human can do and higher education is an area where you can really help someone move forward in life, accessing opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise,” adds John.
 
John’s inspiration for giving comes from a quote by UCLA basketball coach John Wooden often used by late Temple Trustee Lewis Katz: “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to
repay you.”