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Academic Enrichment

California’s leaders – in entertainment and the arts, technology, agriculture, healthcare, aerospace and more – seek out our diverse alumni because they know that a CSU education is a quality, inclusive and hands-on experience.

From the classroom to the laboratory and from the studio to the surrounding community, donor support continues to enrich our academic mission, providing students with uniquely-CSU opportunities to discover, build and transform their career and life trajectories.

Dominguez Hills Receives Largest-Ever Gift from Toyota Foundation for STEM

Cal State Dominguez Hills received the single largest donation in university history with a $4 million gift from the Toyota Foundation for its new Science and Innovation Building.

In recognition of the automaker’s gift, the Center for the Innovation in STEM Education on the first floor of the new building will be named the Toyota Center for the Innovation in STEM Education. This record-breaking gift now brings Toyota’s total commitment to Cal State Dominguez and STEM education to approximately $5 million over the last two fiscal years.

Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing Set to Strengthen Future Generations of Healthcare Leaders

Alumna and emerita professor Dr. Patricia Chin, along with her husband Dr. William Chin and their family, made a transformative gift to Cal State LA’s school of nursing, which will be named the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing. As innovative leaders in the healthcare industry and longtime champions of Cal State LA, the Chin Family will also endow the Chin Family Institute of Nursing and support the renovation of the Simulation Lab in the Chin School of Nursing to further strengthen future generations of healthcare professionals.

Longtime CSULB Supporter Names Language Center in Honor of Professor

Longtime supporter Mario Giannini donated $1.1 million to Cal State Long Beach to establish the Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies. Named in honor of Clorinda Donato, professor of French and Italian and the George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies at CSULB, the newly-named center is the first in the country dedicated to the research and development of Romance languages and the first in the CSU dedicated to translation studies.

Forward-Thinking Gifts Build New Opportunities for Chico State Business and Agriculture Students

Chico State received more than $2.6 million in support of two new capital projects – a new building for the College of Business and a new agriculture complex that will house an educational center, farm store and creamery. Investments continued with lab renovations in the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management to provide state-of-the-art equipment, safety upgrades and new workspaces for students.

Cal State Fullerton’s de Graaf Center Honors Founding Professor’s Lifelong Contributions

The Center for Oral and Public History at Cal State Fullerton, which focuses on recording Orange County’s history, was renamed to honor professor emeritus Lawrence B. de Graaf, a founding faculty member who helped create Cal State Fullerton’s first archive and the Oral History Program.

Over the years, Dr. de Graaf and his late wife, Shirley, have made gifts and pledges to Cal State Fullerton totaling $1 million. Dr. de Graaf was recognized in 2017 by the CSU Board of Trustees for his legacy of academic and research excellence and lifelong dedication to Cal State Fullerton students and alumni.

Bookstein Gift to CSUN Establishes Three Endowments

Accounting industry leader and alumnus Harvey Bookstein and his wife, Harriet, made a $5 million gift to Cal State Northridge to establish three endowments in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, the Real Estate program and for strategic initiatives within the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. The gift will also support CSUN’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation assistance to low-income families and individuals in the Los Angeles region.

Ruiz Foods Creates State-of-the-Art Learning Environment for Fresno State Business Students

A modern space for innovation is essential for business students. Ruiz Foods, a local food manufacturing company, made a $1 million gift to Fresno State to expand the University Business Center at the Craig School of Business. The gift will also create the Ruiz Foods Executive Classrooms, a state-of-the-art learning environment for over 3,300 Craig School of Business students, which will elevate the academic experience and open new possibilities for innovative teaching.

The Ruiz Family has a long history of generously supporting Fresno State. Fred Ruiz founded the Institute of Family Business, a community resource that promotes family businesses as a catalyst for economic growth. Kim Ruiz Beck, chairman of Ruiz Foods and Fresno State alumna, serves on the CSU Fresno Foundation Board of Governors.

Nazarian Family Gives Transformational Gift to Support Performing Arts

Cal State Northridge received a transformational $17 million gift from Younes and Soraya Nazarian to support the university’s performing arts and arts education programs, as well as its renowned Valley Performing Arts Center, which was renamed as The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.

Amidst political unrest in their native Iran, Younes and Soraya immigrated with their family to Los Angeles, leaving behind a thriving community life and business. The relationship between CSUN and the Nazarians began shortly after when Younes and Soraya’s oldest son, David, enrolled at CSUN in 1978. Following in the family footsteps, David excelled in business and entrepreneurship and the entire Nazarian family became fixtures in LA business, culture and philanthropy.

In 2014, David made a transformative mark at CSUN with his $10 million gift to name the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Over the last few years, the entire family has become engaged with CSUN and in the arts and culture landscape of the region.

Giles T. Brown Trust Endows Support for Graduate Studies at CSUF

The Giles T. Brown Trust awarded nearly $3.2 million to Cal State Fullerton to support the Giles T. Brown Endowment for Graduate Studies. Established in 2002 and sustained with a bequest in 2014 of $580,000, the endowment is used to award grants to attract talented graduate students, cover student travel costs, fund visiting scholars and provide thesis awards.

Giles T. Brown joined Cal State Fullerton’s faculty in 1960 as professor of history. Over his 23 year career at CSUF, Dr. Brown served as department chair, dean of graduate studies and vice president for academic programs before retiring in 1983.

Although Dr. Brown passed away in 2013, his legacy of support for CSUF remains. In addition to the gift that established the endowment in his name, Dr. Brown funded seven $100,000 gift annuities and his name also graces a conference room in McCarthy Hall. In honor of his immense contributions to the university, Cal State Fullerton highlights an outstanding graduate student each year with the Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Contributes $2 Million to CSUN Cinema and Television

A wing of Manzanita Hall was named in honor of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its $2 million contribution to the Department of Cinema and Television Arts in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at Cal State Northridge.

The gift, which now brings the HFPA’s support of CSUN to nearly $3 million since 1996, will be used to upgrade equipment and systems in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Wing. In addition, the newly-established Hollywood Foreign Press Association Scholars Program Fund will advance undergraduate and graduate opportunities for low-income and historically underrepresented populations in the entertainment industry.

San José State Receives $2 Million from Koret Foundation to Fund Data Analysis, Scholarships

A $2 million gift to San José State from the Koret Foundation’s University Partners Initiative will fund a student information analytics system, enhance the Spartan Scholars Program to increase retention and graduation of underserved and firstgeneration students, and support the Koret Scholars, which provides scholarships for EOP students and student veterans.

The Koret Foundation provides funding to improve student success and building long-term capacity at leading education institutions participating in the program.

Seiler Endowed Faculty Fellow at SDSU Supports Accounting Faculty

San Diego State alumni Richard and Susan Seiler made an endowed gift to the Fowler College of Business to establish the Richard and Susan Seiler Endowed Faculty Fellow in Taxation. The gift, which was made in tribute to one of Richard Seiler’s professors, Charles Lamden, will support a faculty member within the Charles Lamden School of Accountancy at SDSU.

Richard and Susan Seiler have a long history of supporting and giving back to SDSU, including making a previous gift to help build the Page Pavilion in the Fowler College of Business.

Bob and Nancy Foster Endow Lecture Series, Faculty and Staff Awards at San José State

Bob and Nancy Foster committed $1 million to San José State to endow a lecture series and award program for faculty and students. The Foster Family Endowed Lectures in Classical Political Theory will consist of annual events and courses investigating how classical political theory relates to contemporary politics.

The Foster Family Democratic Practice Award will explore contemporary sociocultural challenges and will be awarded annually to projects that demonstrate how classical political theory and history enhance the democratic process.

Bob Foster graduated from San José State in 1969 and received an honorary doctorate in 2015. He is formerly the mayor of Long Beach and was president of Southern California Edison from 2002 to 2006.

Founding Faculty Estate Gift Endows Funds for CSUB Political Science and Athletics

Cal State Bakersfield received a commitment of $475,000 from the estate of Dr. Charles McCall, the founding chair of political science when the university first opened in 1970. Dr. McCall’s estate gift will provide two endowments that equally support the Department of Political Science and Roadrunner Athletics.

Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation Gift Ensures SF State Students Are Leaders in Future Careers

The Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation made a $1.3 million gift to San Francisco State to create the President’s Leadership Fellows Program, which prepares students to be job and career ready while training them to be leaders in their fields. The new program, made possible with this gift, will expand the Presidential Fellows Program to provide up to 500 student ambassadors with leadership development training.

The gift will also establish a new Career Services & Leadership Development Office to further assist SF State students to identify viable career pathways and align their educational goals with career aspirations. The new office will also allow students to develop strategic partnerships with organizations in numerous industries to identify placement options, externships, internships, full-time job opportunities and special consulting projects.

Memorial Gift Establishes Shattuck Chair in Colonial American History

Elizabeth H. Shattuck donated $1.5 million to establish the Peter H. Shattuck Chair in Colonial American History at Sacramento State, the second endowed chair in the university’s history. In honor of her late husband, Elizabeth Shattuck’s gift will provide the opportunity to recruit and retain an outstanding and distinguished scholar while preserving Peter’s legacy as an emeritus professor at Sac State.