MAY 23, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

or Pat Wright, 661/664-2138, pwright@csub.edu


CSUB celebrates successful Cornerstone Campaign


California State University, Bakersfield today celebrated the successful conclusion of its three-year fund-raising campaign, a campaign that raised more than $12 million for the university.

A special reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 23) in Runner Park on the CSUB campus honoring community members, donors and volunteers officially concluded the Cornerstone Campaign for CSUB.

The Cornerstone Campaign was the biggest and most ambitious fund-raising effort in the history of the university. It targeted three areas for support:

Enhancement of the Business Development Center, and construction and equipping of the Leadership Development Center.

Increased endowment for scholarships and other university programs.

Increased funding for those university programs that rely upon private funds.

The campaign, which began quietly in 1998 and was announced publicly in 1999, finished at $12,575,468 against its $11 million goal.

"We're ecstatic," said Michael Chertok, CSUB vice president for University Advancement. "This is simply a wonderful reaffirmation of the community's commitment to CSUB. We feel fortunate to be part of a community where the level of caring is so high."

Joan Dezember, chair of the Cal State Bakersfield Foundation and a member of the Cornerstone Campaign executive committee, seconded Chertok's comments. "Cal State is such a wonderful resource for all of us in Kern County and the surrounding region, and this campaign offered people an opportunity to come forward and help make a difference. The foundation board endorsed the campaign from the very beginning, and we're grateful to all the donors who joined us in this important effort."

Corner StoneChertok credited Greg Bynum, chairman of the Cornerstone Campaign executive committee, for the campaign's success. "Under the leadership of Greg Bynum and the campaign committee, we've had a wonderful response," Chertok said. "People in the community realize that for the university to provide a first-rate education we need to enhance what the state provides. Those who helped lay the foundation for the future can be assured that their investment will pay long-term community dividends. The money that people give to CSUB provides opportunities for not only students but also the community as a whole through the state-of-the-art facilities and expanded cultural and educational events."

Bynum, a CSUB alumnus, is pleased with campaign's outcome. "I feel fortunate that so many friends of the university have come forward to help with this important effort," he said. "The increased funds for the university's endowments will help ensure scholarships for future generations. And we wanted to make the Business Development Center a state-of-the-art complex that will not only enhance the learning for CSUB students, but also be a wonderful resource for area residents as well."

CSUB President Tomas Arciniega expressed his pleasure with the campaign. "We're delighted by the response from so many segments of our community to this campaign," he said. "People recognize that an investment in CSUB is an investment in their future."

The campaign's centerpiece was the Business Development Center and the Leadership Development Center.



The building for the School of Business and Public Administration will be the largest of the four buildings forming the Business Development Center, providing much needed classroom space in addition to faculty offices.

Technological advances in the workplace dictate training students on state-of-the-art equipment and in state-of-the-art settings, Arciniega said.

"We will enhance the building by expanding a 150-seat classroom to make it more like an auditorium," he said. "We will include better seating and the latest technology."

The private funds raised will be used to expand the classroom, changing the seating to elevated tiers and adding state-of-the-art information technology to make it a "smart classroom." Smart classrooms will have computer hookups at each seat, enabling students to sit down and plug their computers into the Internet, allowing them access to CSUB classes and professors electronically. The smart classrooms will enhance students' ability to engage in dialogue with professors, outside information sources and other students, thus enhancing their education.



A focal point of the Business Development Center is construction of a privately funded Leadership Development Center. The center is envisioned as being used by business groups for training and to augment the learning experiences of their employees.

The Leadership Development Center will contain:

Conference and classroom facilities equipped with the latest computing and communication technologies, capable of national and international video conferencing, and other multimedia presentations.

Two 45-seat executive conference rooms and seminar rooms equipped with the latest telecommunications equipment, "smart rooms."

Rooms with movable walls, allowing individual configuration for seminars or networking, space that is available for impromptu learning opportunities. Such configurations will allow community members and groups to take full advantage of an important community resource.

Small meeting rooms for students and community groups to work in various groups of up to a dozen.

Informal meeting areas or lounges where students, faculty and business leaders can interact. We plan to include laptop computer hookups in the lounges to enhance learning.

"Breakout" rooms for small-group sessions and meetings, and study rooms.

Interview rooms for use during recruitment season.

A parking lot dedicated for visitors to the Leadership Development Center will also be provided.

Wednesday's reception honored the Cornerstone Campaign Executive Committee. Members, in addition to Bynum and Arciniega, were Millie Ablin, Lou Barbich, John Brock Sr., Bruce Bunker, Jim Burke, Joan Dezember, Ray Dezember, Bruce Freeman, Judy Fritch, John Pryor, Ray Watson Sr., and Milt Younger.

Donors who received special recognition for their major gift support for endowment and for the Business Development Center were:

Millie Ablin, The Ackerley Group, Aera Energy, LLC; American General Media, The Bakersfield Californian, Bank of America Foundation, Bank of Stockdale, Barbich Longcrier Hooper & King, Ben H. and Gladys Arkelian Foundation, and Robert and Margaret Bennett.

Berry Petroleum Co., Mr. and Mrs. John Brock Sr; Bruce and Betty Bunker, Jim and Bebe Burke, Castle & Cooke California, Inc.; Johnnie M. Cerro, Dolores F. Cerro, Dr. and Mrs. Chee Mok Chan, the Chevron Cos., and Virginia C. Church.

Mrs. William F. Colm, Jack M. Decker, Ray and Joan Dezember, Fred and Beverly Dukes, Dr. Charles and Judy Fritch, Greg and Mary Bynum, Harry and Ethel West Foundation, Jimmie and Marge Icardo, Dan and Mikie Hay and Barbara and Gordon Johnson.

Karpe Real Estate Center, Jacquelyn A. Kegley, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, TJ Kerr, Diane S. Lake, Bill and Holly Lazzerini, Marjory Lindsey, Rae Loader, Carlos Lozano, and the Merchants Association of Bakersfield and Sears family.

Michael and Judy Neal, Occidental Oil and Gas Corp., Pacific Bell, Joan S. Pracy, R&M Traynor Foundation, Bob and Shirley Marshall, Majid Mojibi, Judie B. Schwebel, Robert and Jean Sheldon, and the State Farm Cos. Foundation.

Marvin and Nadene Steinert, Tejon Ranch Co., Margaret E. Urner, David and Marjory Urner, Skeet and Joan Varner, W.A. Thompson, Inc: Wells Fargo Foundation, Cary and Mary Williams, Helen Hawk Windes, and Milton and Betty Younger.


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