Providing depth and perspective to student learning beyond the classroom, donor support enriches the academic experience across the CSU, affording students hands-on opportunities to conduct research, gain professional knowledge and expand their education. All segments of California's economy—technology, agriculture, aerospace, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, the arts and more—benefit from the knowledge, agility, innovation, and experience that our diverse alumni bring to their chosen fields.
Kim Ruiz Beck, chair of Ruiz Foods Products, is a first-generation college graduate and alumna of the Fresno State Craig School of Business. Under her leadership, Ruiz Foods pledged $1 million to finance two state-of-the-art classrooms for the school’s executive MBA and accelerated bachelor’s programs. An annex to the University Business Center, the Ruiz Foods Executive Classrooms will feature innovative technology to offer transformative educational experiences for the state’s future business leaders.
California State University, Los Angeles recognized a generous gift from two alumni by naming the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery in honor of their father, a distinguished alumnus and professor.
Dr. Silverman spent more than three decades sharing his passion for art with students and established an endowed scholarship fund to support art education. His son Jeffrey Silverman and daughter-in-law Amelia Perez-Silverman are both longtime supporters of the university.
A $2 million gift from Jack and Felicia Cashin will help establish a state-of-the-art workspace for students in the Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dedicated to fostering collaborations at the intersection of technology, the humanities and the arts, the Expressive Technology Studios will create an interdisciplinary space that educates and empowers students according to the university’s renowned “learn by doing” philosophy.
Acclaimed poet, author and visual artist Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld made a cash gift and donated 170 of her inspirational paintings and drawings to the university art museum at California State University, Long Beach, which was renamed in her honor. Kleefeld’s philanthropy will help fund the museum’s expansion as well as endow scholarships, a multidisciplinary lecture series and cutting-edge museum programming.
The interdisciplinary J. Keith Behner and Catherine M. Stiefel Program, created in 2014 and housed in the College of Arts and Letters, is San Diego State University’s first endowed academic program with an international focus. Now, a second gift to the program from alumni Behner (’71) and Stiefel (’92) will increase its impact, not only at SDSU but also in Brazil and within the Brazilian diaspora living in the United States.
SDSU President Adela de la Torre expressed the university’s incredible gratitude for the continued support of donors such as Behner and Stiefel. “This program will give our students increased opportunities to study abroad and to research issues that affect urban and rural communities, including social, environmental and economic topics,” she said.
With a retained-life estate gift, Steve and Marian Dodge ensured their home’s preservation as a historic example of midcentury modern architecture to provide a remarkable learning experience for future students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Considered one of architect Raphael Soriano’s finest midcentury modern designs, the Schrage House in Los Feliz will someday serve as a learning lab for the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design. Soriano, a CPP faculty member, was renowned for his pioneering style that incorporated modular prefabricated steel, glass and resin-bonded plywood and emphasized integrating his designs with their environments
The Department of Television, Film and Media Studies at California State University, Los Angeles received a $1 million grant from noted international modern and contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth to fund equipment and software purchases, student mentorship and employment, and faculty support and development over the next five years. Funding will also support updated foundational course content.
Investing in the future of health care on the North Coast, St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County provided a $2 million grant to restart the Humboldt State University Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Tailored to the region’s needs, the curriculum will prepare nurse leaders who understand health disparities, rural issues and cultural humility, while advocating for the physical and psychosocial health of North Coast communities.
The naming of the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture recognizes the philanthropic support of two vital supporters of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
The Resnick Foundation, founded by Lynda and Stewart Resnick of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, pledged $2.5 million to the facilities, while Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards donated $1 million and pledged $1.5 million to the project.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Wine and Viticulture program, the largest of its kind in the U.S., provides a comprehensive education that focuses on the three major elements of the wine industry: viticulture, enology and wine business.
Endowments from the Superior Region Mental Health Workforce Education and Training Partnership will ensure that both California State University, Chico and Humboldt State University continue to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work through their distributed learning programs.
The $850,000 gift to Chico State and the $250,000 gift to Humboldt State will sustain accessible education in perpetuity to meet the increasing demand for a robust behavioral health workforce in the 16-county Superior Region, which reaches from Lake County to the Oregon border.
A planned gift will endow a lectureship in the San José State University computer science department and establish a teaching position upon the anonymous donor’s death.
“San José State is full of local students. They have a lot they can contribute and they just need a little guidance,” the donor said. “While there are many great ways to help students accomplish their educational goals, this gift helps to get more great faculty to help students prepare for the many local opportunities for computer science majors.”