2012-13 Philanthropic Annual Report

Board of Trustees Recognition

The CSU Board of Trustees recognized leadership gifts to the university by naming the following academic programs or facilities in 2012-2013.

  • The new poultry education facility at California State University, Fresno will be known as the Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility. This facility is made possible by a gift from Foster Farms, which is engineering, designing and constructing the building, as well as providing ongoing program support. This state-of-the-art educational facility will allow students to perform in-depth research, participate in hands-on learning and gain skills in one of the leading agricultural industries. It will house an eco-friendly research and training center that replicates professional poultry production for students and faculty in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
  • California State University, Fresno named the new research building in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (JCAST) as the Jordan Research Center. The generosity of the Jordan Family includes a recent $29.4 million gift for facilities and research in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. This three-story building will support collaborative research initiatives being conducted within the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, the Lyles College of Engineering and the College of Science and Mathematics. The floor plan is being designed for flexibility depending upon the number of research projects being conducted.
  • The Storm Hall West Building E at California State University, San Diego will be known as the Charles W. Hostler Building. Recently, Charles W. Hostler made a $3 million pledge to establish an endowment in the College of Arts and Letters to support the Hostler Institute, area studies, and other international initiatives. This gift will support, in perpetuity, academic and student programs in international affairs. Mr. Hostler inspires students with the knowledge and wisdom gained over a lifetime as a soldier, scholar, businessman, diplomat and philanthropist.
  • Recognizing a $700,000 gift that funded the construction of an on-campus business incubator, this center at San Diego State University will be known as the Zahn Center. The gift also funds the hiring of an executive director and operational needs. The center brings engineering and business students together to work on start-up companies, mentors fledging entrepreneurs, and connects them with venture capital. Irwin Zahn founded Autosplice in 1954 and developed the distribution of industrial stapling machines into a worldwide manufacturer of connectors for application in electronics, industrial, medical, automotive, telecom and consumer markets. Mr. Zahnís vision and gift have inspired change and innovation throughout the campus and in local venture capital and economic development circles.
  • San Diego State University renamed the Entrepreneurial Management Center as the Leonard H. Lavin Entrepreneurial Management Center. Dr. Leonard H. Lavin recently made a pledge to establish an endowment for the Entrepreneurial Management Center to support, in perpetuity, academic and student enrichment programs for generations of young entrepreneurs. Previous contributions from Dr. Lavin established the Lavin Entrepreneur Program and Lavin VentureStart program aimed at broadening entrepreneurship across campus. Dr. Lavin has dedicated his life to inspiring young entrepreneurs with the knowledge and wisdom gained over a lifetime of business success.
  • At San Josť State University, the College of Business and the Lucas Graduate School of Business is now recognized as the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. The naming of the facility recognizes the $11 million commitment from the Donald Lee and Sally Steadman Lucas Foundation to the university, the College of Business, and its students and faculty. The Lucas familyís generous investment in San Josť Stateís College of Business reflects their recognition of the importance of recruiting and cultivating top-level graduates and professors who will stand out as thought leaders in a global economy. The funding from this gift will support a number of initiatives designed to further this mission, including endowed professorships, fellowships and visiting scholar programs.
  • The new Center for Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo will be the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics. When complete, the building will feature nearly 200,000 square feet of classrooms, research space, laboratories, offices, and study spaces. This honor acknowledges Dr. Warren J. Bakerís accomplishments as president of Cal Poly for 31 years. He served with distinction in that role until his retirement, July 31, 2010. Dr. Baker oversaw the upgrade and expansion of the campus by nearly $1 billion thanks to investment from a variety of public and private sources.
  • The naming of one venue at the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University as the MasterCard Pavilion recognizes a $15 million sponsorship by MasterCard Worldwide to Sonoma State Universityís Green Music Center. This commitment represents the largest ever sponsorship contributed to the university. This venue includes the outdoor music and performing arts pavilion on the northeast side of the Green Music Center Complex, adjoining the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall and located on the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Commons. The pavilion adds to the Green Music Centerís versatile performing arts venue arrangement by offering an ideal location for larger outdoor performances.
  • The naming of a new facility within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Sonoma State University as the Gordon Smith Training Center recognizes a $1.25 million bequest from Gordon Damon Smith who passed away in June 2011. This gift is the largest single cash gift to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Sonoma State University. As a result of Mr. Smithís bequest, a new baseball training center includes indoor batting cages, pitcherís mounds, a team locker room and meeting room, coachesí offices and equipment storage areas. The facility will also be open to other sports to promote gender equity at Sonoma State University.