Campus: CSU, Northridge -- October 16, 2000

Couple Donates $800,000 to CSUN for a New Food Science Auditorium

Mulford and Pat Nobbs, owners of Jeunique International Inc. in the City of Industry, have donated $800,000 to Cal State Northridge for a new auditorium in the university's nationally-recognized food science center.

The Nobbs, of La Puente, said they chose to make the gift because of their interest in food science.

"We're very interested, and have been all of our lives, in nutrition and the need for more education on the part of the public in this subject," Mulford Nobbs said. "We're very much interested in preventive medicine, not curative. We felt the Marilyn Magaram Center would be a very good way to educate young people."

The Nobbs' gift is in the form of an irrevocable charitable remainder trust. It will pay for a 127-seat auditorium for the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics in the new Health and Human Development building, Sequoia Hall, currently under construction near the campus' center. The auditorium will be equipped with a portable demonstration kitchen, an automatic screen, video cameras, LCD displays and internet access.

The gift is part of the university's capital initiative, CSUN Rising, which has a goal of raising $11 million to restore and upgrade the university's teaching facilities, instructional technology, laboratory equipment and instructional furnishings.

Ann Stutts, dean of the College of Health and Human Development, said the Nobbs' gift was greatly appreciated by the students, faculty and staff in her college.

"Their generosity will enable us to enhance the academic opportunities for our students studying food science and the programs we offer to the community," Stutts said.

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics was established in 1990 to support research, community service and education in those areas. The center's purpose is to provide a framework within which professionals from related academic areas, business and industry and other institutions can function in an interdisciplinary manner.

The center's director, Tom Chen, called the Nobbs' gift "a wonderful thing to happen to the Magaram Center."

"The auditorium will serve many functions besides its educational component. We will be able to have a place for all the community service programs we offer," Chen said. "And the auditorium will have a very modern cooking center that will greatly enhance our teaching and demonstration capabilities."

Work on Sequoia Hall is expected to be completed next month.

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