Dennis ’72 and Denise Tepas

Dennis ’72 and Denise Tepas support the Fisher experience through the transformation of the student community space.

Dennis ’72 and Denise Tepas stand in Tepas Commons.

Dennis Tepas, who graduated from Fisher in 1972, was very involved on campus as an undergraduate, serving as secretary and treasurer of his class. Since graduation, he has also given his time and talent for many years as an active member of the Alumni Board of Directors. He and his wife are members of both the 1948 Society and the Presidents Society—a demonstration of their longtime philanthropy to the University. His experiences as a student and in serving his class inspired this particular gift.

“For the last 50 years, Fisher has been a very special place for us, and we are pleased to be a part of the Fisher community," he explained. "The Tepas Commons will be an indoor and outdoor area where students can gather and grow both academically and socially.”

Located in the heart of the Donald E. Bain Campus Center, Tepas Commons is outfitted with comfortable sitting booths, Apple TV enabled entertainment, and a modern, cozy fireplace that creates a living room-like atmosphere for students. Just steps outside, the Terrace at Tepas Commons includes all-weather seating and is equipped with radiant heated concrete around a fire pit, enabling its use year-round.

“We feel very blessed to make this contribution on behalf of the generations of Fisher students who will utilize this space."