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Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign Goes Public

Published: October 1, 2014

CSULB will hold a Gala and concert to celebrate to the public announcement of its first major comprehensive fundraising campaign on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 4:30 p.m. at the Celebration Pavilion and Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The campaign goal will also be announced at this time.

Approximately 350 people are expected to attend the invitation only event, and the evening will conclude with a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys.

The Campaign for California State University, Long Beach, is the first fundraising comprehensive campaign in the history of the university and one of the largest in the California State University system.

“This is a historic occasion for the university and another step in the continued path of excellence that has been our tradition here at The Beach,” said Jane Close Conoley, president of CSULB. “This collective effort by our friends, alumni, supporters, the university community and the surrounding community will provide resources and additional scholarships that will help our students succeed and graduate to become meaningful contributors in their professions and in their communities, while also having a positive impact on the economy.”

The campaign has three main priorities or “Pillars”—transformation, a greater community and unequaled access. These pillars will focus on programmatic innovation through faculty research and creative and scholarly initiatives; increasing access to CSULB and ensuring the success of admitted students; and creating partnerships and capital projects that benefit both campus and community.

Campaign funds raised will support the following goals/programs:

• The unique Highly Valued Degree Initiative, which recently received a national award for its success, is aimed at increasing CSULB’s overall graduation rate, and each college is working to set its own goals based on the challenge of narrowing the achievement gap.

• The university will award special grants and scholarships to give students the chance to pursue their passions and ideas. This will provide real-work experience that will enhance students’ reputations and often showcase nationally the student’s projects.

• The internship placement program consistently places students and graduates with some of the most prestigious companies in the world, including NASA, Boeing and Molina Healthcare. The goal is to expand the internship program to give students access to more real-work experience that they can then apply to the Long Beach economy.

• Another goal is for faculty support for research and creative work and classroom technology that will help with innovative teaching and student learning as well as recruitment of the best faculty available.

• The prestigious President’s Scholar’s Program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, awards high school valedictorians and national scholars full four-year scholarships to CSULB. More than 1,100 President’s Scholars, have benefitted from making CSULB their university of choice. The program continues to be recognized as a premier program of its kind in the state and will be supported by the campaign.

• Excellence in music and arts have always been a strong tradition at CSULB, especially through the opportunities provided by the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music on campus. The campaign will provide additional musical scholarships, updates in equipment and other opportunities for students.

• A much-needed new alumni center will be built to offer a place for the university’s nearly 300,000 alumni to gather, reconnect with campus tradition network and call home.

• The 49ers captured their fourth straight Big West Conference Commissioner’s Cup last year, which is presented at the end of the spring season to the university with the best overall athletics program. Resources for athletics will help ensure continued success in CSULB programs.

A Campaign Committee has been created and is comprised of several community leaders who have volunteered their time and support for ensuring that the campaign is a success.

–Ken Swisher