Campus: CSU, San Marcos -- December 8, 1999


Sulpizio Family Donates $1.1 million to CSU San Marcos

Rich and Gaby Sulpizio have donated $1.1 million to California State University San Marcos, the University announced today.

CSUSM President Dr. Alexander Gonzalez said Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sulpizio have directed their gift to the University's Capital Campaign. The Campaign is raising funds for construction of a new Library Information Center and a separate Field House/Student Union project.

Sulpizio is President and Chief Operating Officer of Qualcomm Corporation, a wireless communications firm. He also co-chairs the University's Trust Foundation Board of Directors.

Gonzalez said the gift put the campaign for the library construction "over the top" by meeting its goal of $2.5 million. Successful completion of fund raising by June 30, 2000 was essential to a prompt start of construction for the $44.5 million project, now scheduled to break ground in mid-2001. Had the campus not raised the money in time, the project could have been delayed.

"We deeply appreciate this expression of support from the Sulpizios," said Gonzalez. "The new Library Information Center is critical to our goals of improving our educational experience for students and helping faculty use the latest technology in their classes. This gift ensures that construction will start soon and our students can get the advantages of the new building as quickly as possible."

"We're very excited about what's happening at Cal State San Marcos," said Rich Sulpizio. "We're pleased to support this very important building and to help CSUSM move toward achieving its goals."

Vice President of External Affairs Barbara Bashein, who administers the fund raising campaign, noted that the Sulpizio gift achieves an important fund raising goal six months ahead of schedule. "There has been tremendous enthusiasm for our projects," she said, "Now that we have guaranteed construction of the building, the Sulpizios have started us into the next phase of our fund raising -- endowment campaigns that will ensure that the library's facilities are state-of-the-art for years to come."

The Library Information Center is a 200,000 square foot project, with space for more than 840,000 volumes, 1,800 computer connections and 1,500 reader stations. It also contains a Faculty Center, which will blend teaching, technology and learning "collaboratoriums" that will allow students and faculty the space to work together in teams.

While the effort to raise funds to build the library building has reached its goal, work is now underway to create endowments that will provide perpetual funding for equipment upgrades and other projects for units within the library.

Fund raising also continues for The M. Gordon Clarke Field House/Student Union, a $7.1 million building that will contain men's and women's locker rooms, weight, multi-purpose and sports medicine rooms. The building will be the first phase of the CSUSM Sports Center. Unlike the Library Information Center, there will be no state support for the field house -- it must be build with private funds and support from CSUSM students.

Richard Sulpizio was named President of Qualcomm in July 1998, after having served as the company's Chief Operating Officer since 1995. He was President of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions from 1994 to 1995. Sulpizio joined Qualcomm in May of 1991.

Rich Sulpizio and his wife, Gaby, have lived in Poway for 16 years and have been married 28 years. They have three children. Their daughter, Tricia Marie Sulpizio, graduated from CSU San Marcos in 1999 with a degree in psychology.



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