Sonoma State University -- December 8, 2003
Sonoma State Receives $1.5 Million For Endowed Chair In
Native American Studies From Graton Rancheria
Sonoma State University is pleased to announce that the Federated Indians of
Graton Rancheria has gifted the University $1.5 million to establish an Endowed
Chair in Native American Studies, one of only two in the University¹s 42 year
An endowed chair is a faculty position that is funded, in perpetuity, from the
earnings on the gift. Throughout the 23 campuses of the California State
University only a small number of endowed chairs exist.
"We are extremely pleased with the generosity of the Tribe and its decision
to invest in the academic excellence of the students and faculty of Sonoma State
University," said Ruben Armiñana, president of SSU. The purpose of the
endowed chair is to foster understanding of the Native American culture and
communities of California.
"An endowed chair is a prestigious position that attracts
nationally-recognized scholars. Their presence on campus acts as a catalyst for
academic excellence in teaching and research," said Eduardo Ochoa, Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
"The faculty of the School of Arts and Humanities, in which the Native
American Studies program resides, are very excited to have received this gift
from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. An endowed chair not only improves
the quality of education for our students but adds to the overall academic
prestige and excellence to any campus fortunate to receive one," said
William Babula, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.
"This gift demonstrates the tribe¹s commitment to serve the needs of the
American Indian community and the entire student body at our campus. During these
harsh economic times, this gift will provide us with a critically-needed funds
that will significantly strengthen course offerings for our students," said
Edward Castillo, Coordinator of the Native American Studies program at SSU.
Additionally, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has gifted a $20,000
endowed student scholarship fund that will provide educational opportunities for
the students of Sonoma State University. Endowment funds are managed by the
Sonoma State University Academic Foundation.
Media Contacts: Susan Kashack, SSU Director of Communications,
(707) 664-2122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannette Anglin, Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Tribal Secretary
and Chair of the Education Committee, (707) 566-2288