Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- April 04, 2001
Prominent Southern California Family Gives
$500,000 to Cal State Long Beach to Establish Center for Italian Studies
George L. Graziadio, president and CEO of Imperial Bank, and the Graziadio
Family have made a gift of $500,000 to the Italian Studies program at
California State University, Long Beach. Through the family's generosity,
a new Center for Italian Studies will be created and named in honor
of Mr. Graziadio.
Cal State Long Beach President Robert C. Maxson recently announced the
family's gift to create the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies.
"The Graziadio Family, and George Graziadio in particular, have
been a long-time friends of this campus, and their philanthropy guarantees
success and excellence to the Italian Studies program," said Maxson,
who noted the program's endowed chair that bears the family's name.
"The addition of the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies
will mean a great deal to the program and the university."
Carlo Chiarenza, Graziadio Endowed Chair of Italian Studies, applauded
the decision by George Graziadio to increase his support to Cal State
Long Beach, and he is very excited about the formation of the new center.
"Through this center, our goal is to provide programs of interest
for both the academic and the Italian-American communities," said
Chiarenza, who joined the university's Italian Studies program in 1999.
"The center will organize activities of interest, supervise the
major in Italian Studies, invite European scholars to campus and host
conferences and publications."
With additional support from the Southern California chapter of the
Sons of Italy, the center offers three $1,000 student scholarships and
will award a fourth this spring.
"This fourth scholarship is reserved for the student with the best
mid-term results in a new course, `Introduction to Contemporary Europe,'
offered this spring by Professor Jutta Birmele and myself," Chiarenza
Scholarships will be used to travel to Italy in the pursuit of academic
research and the improvement of language skills. All arts and liberal
arts students involved in the study of Italian culture were eligible
The center will be guided by an advisory board which includes academicians
as well as community representatives.
"It will be the perfect marriage between gown and town," Chiarenza
said. "The creation of the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian
Studies is an excellent way to promote Italian culture and organize
activities that are of interest to our students within a European context."