Titans of Giving
Cal State Fullerton will spotlight one of our “Titans of Giving” every Thursday. Our donors, through their generosity, enable the university to provide scholarships, endow chairs and professorships, help develop new centers and programs, and much more. Their commitment helps ensure that TITANS REACH HIGHER.
Quyen Tien ‘15 (B.A. communications) was thankful for the support and opportunities she received through a scholarship when she was a student at CSUF. A recipient of the Bergstrom Family Scholarship, Tien has found success in her career and wants to pay it forward to current students in the College of Communications. Through her donation, the Tien Family Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this spring and will provide an annual scholarship of $1,000 to students with financial need who have overcome a personal or financial challenge while at CSUF. Tien believes that the Bergstrom Family Scholarship made a difference in her education and she hopes her family can do the same for others.
Mercury Systems Inc.
Mercury Systems Inc. has donated a $300,000 gift to support the “Intelligent Radar System” research project, directed by Kiran George, professor of computer engineering. This project will allow the College of Engineering and Computer Science to build out capacity in artificial intelligence, including developing curriculum, advancing research and engaging students in projects. Tony Girard, Mercury’s chief technology officer, is one of the newest members of the Dean’s College Leadership Council.
Helen and Pete Maxwell
Helen and Pete Maxwell have pledged $200,000 to support the Guardian Scholars program with annual scholarship support of $50,000 for four years. This is their largest gift ever to CSUF. The couple was introduced to the Guardian Scholars program a few years ago and never looked back. Aside from scholarship support, the Maxwells have donated funds for emergency housing, equipment for the new Center for Scholars and each year take current Guardian Scholars to the Rotary Chili Cook-Off and Angels baseball game.
Cisco — through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation — has provided a $300,000 grant to build the College of Engineering and Computer Science capacity in IoT, or internet of things, curriculum and project experiences. As industry grapples with the influences of new technologies, this grant will help better prepare students for the workforce by exposing them to leading companies in the IoT space and providing hands-on learning opportunities.
Alumnus Dan Black, through The Black Family Trust, has been a longtime supporter of CSUF. He recently made a $1 million campaign lead gift during the last fiscal year; and supports physics; the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences and Mihaylo College of Business and Economics; ROTC and Concert Under the Stars. Black’s main focus is providing support that directly benefits students. Karl Freels, Dan’s grandson and trustee of the Black Family Trust, serves on College of NSM’s Dean’s Board.
The Bergstrom family has donated more than $160,000 to areas across campus in support of student success including the College of Communications Student Success Center, Cinema and Television Arts Scholarships, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Titan Athletics and more. The Bergstroms recently pledged a gift of $40,000 over five years to create the Adopt-A-Titan scholarship program to support students across campus with tuition and educational expenses throughout their years at CSUF. The Adopt-A-Titan model was embraced by the assistant deans’ office under the direction of Catherine Ward, who will help support the students in the program with additional support services.
Judi Garman, the national championship-winning coach and leader of the CSUF Softball team in 1986, recently committed to a $20,000 planned gift to benefit Titan softball. This follows an earlier gift of $50,000 for the renovation and expansion of the softball building. The “Hall of Fame” area in the newly renovated softball building will be named in her honor.
Margaret Faulwell Gordon
In honor of her late husband, Milton A. Gordon who served as president of Cal State Fullerton for 21 years, Margaret Faulwell Gordon donated two residential properties in Northern California to Cal State Fullerton’s Philanthropic Foundation. The proceeds of the gift, as well as the Gordons’ cumulative giving over the years, will support the President Milton A. Gordon and Dr. Margaret F. Gordon Endowed Scholarship, awarded to students who demonstrate academic merit, financial need and service to the university community.
Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum
Officials from Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton Arboretum and Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum just celebrated the transfer of a $1.4 million gift from the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum to the university’s philanthropic foundation for use by the 26-acre botanical garden. The funding represents the original gift of $49,395 from James and Virgie Bacon in 1985 to create an endowment to “provide monies to assist in the operational and education activities of the arboretum.” The original gift has been augmented and stewarded by the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum.