Boards of Trustees Recognitions
The CSU Board of Trustees recognized leadership gifts to the university by naming the following academic programs or facilities in 2009-2010.
- The Museum of Anthropology at California State University, Chico was named the Valene L. Smith Anthropology Museum in honor of Dr. Valene Smith for her $3.3 million commitment to the museum to fund operational, program and capital expenditures. Her long tenure as a professor of anthropology at CSU Chico has inspired countless students and pioneered a new facet of anthropology in the area of anthropology of tourism.
- An $875,000 gift was received from the estate of retired California State University, Fresno professor Dr. Maxima A. Dandoy to establish the Maxima A. Dandoy Center for Academic Excellence (Dandoy Center) at CSU Fresno. Dr. Dandoy served as a professor at CSU Fresno from 1956 until her retirement in 1987. Her gift will make a significant impact at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at the campus by ensuring a strong commitment to excellence within curriculum and instruction.
- The newly constructed residence hall at California Maritime Academy was named McAllister Hall, recognizing a more than $1 million contribution by Captain Robert W. McAllister. When asked about his ongoing financial support of Cal Maritime, Class of ‘42 alumnus Captain McAllister responded, “I was very fortunate in many ways. I made good money in a field I loved. It just seemed natural to give back to the school that did so much to help me start my long career as a captain and pilot.”
- Recognizing an $800,000 contribution by the Murillo family, California State University, San Bernardino named the new astronomical observatory the Murillo Family Observatory. This funding is in support of a $2.9 million observatory that will be a state-of-the-art teaching center to serve K-16 students, faculty, researchers and the community at-large. The twin tower facility will provide access for both day and night viewing and will create much-needed opportunities for science education and hands-on learning experiences.
- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo named Building “D” in the Construction Innovations Center within the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) as the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Laboratory in recognition of Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.’s generous founding gift. This gift was highly instrumental in securing the total private support for this building.
- The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management was named in recognition of a $2.4 million new pledge from L. Robert Payne, committed and active partner with San Diego State University, in addition to his $1.1 million seed funding that created the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program over eight years ago. The funds will help the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in perpetuity attract and retain faculty, facilitate student enrichment, secure the director’s position, and supplement research.
- Warrior Arena at California State University, Stanislaus was renamed the Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena to recognize the $500,000 commitment by Mr. Ed Fitzpatrick, a successful and inspirational business leader who became the first African American to receive a Lexus franchise. The gift from the Fitzpatricks will enhance the reputation of Warrior Athletics as a national contender and will be used to augment scholarships and help recruit the best and brightest student-athletes.
Captain McAllister ('42)