Estate of Russell V. Benson makes major gift to CSUF. We have learned that the estate of Russell V. Benson, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, has made a substantial contribution to the university to establish three separate endowed scholarship funds, and also to support a lighting project for the Fullerton Arboretum.
An initial gift of $1,476,000 will fund the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Undergraduate Mathematics Students, the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Graduate Mathematics Students, and the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund.
The Benson estate also donated $246,000 to the Fullerton Arboretum to support a lighting improvement project.
The criteria for awarding scholarships from the Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund will be the same as for our current Emeriti scholarships. More information will be provided about the Benson Endowed Scholarships when it becomes available.
President Emeritus Don Shields was the featured speaker at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (formerly CLE) 35th anniversary luncheon that was held at the Coyote Hills Country Club in Fullerton on April 5th. President Shields spoke to a capacity crowd about the founding and early days of CSU Fullerton's Continuing Learning Experience, which later became OLLI. He provided interesting anecdotes and insights into the work of Dave Walkington, Betty Robertson, and Leo Shapiro that made lifelong learning at CSU Fullerton a reality.
This semester's Emeriti Theater Party will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2 PM. A block of tickets has been reserved for the matinee performance of Legally Blond in the Little Theater in the Clayes Performing Arts Center on campus. Tickets are available for the discounted price of $15 per person if purchased by Monday, April 7th ($18 if purchased by phone). After April 7th tickets will be available at the regular price of $20 ($23 if purchased by phone).
There will be a reception following the show with the director and the choreographer. The cost of the reception is $5 per person. Please download this flyer for details.
Eric Spitz, President of Freedom Communications and co-owner of the Orange County Register addressed 70 Emeriti members and guests at our Febuary 4, 2014 luncheon at Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia, CA. Mr. Spitz's talk "Going Against the Trend: The Revitalization of the O.C Register" generated lively discussion during the Q&A session. This picture was taken by Pat O'Donnell, University Photographer Emeritus. More pictures from the luncheon are available on our Flicker page.
A memorial for our colleague Giles T. Brown was held on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Alumni House on campus. In addition to several members of the Emeriti and others from the university who worked with Giles, three members of Giles family were in attendance. Several speakers shared remembrances of Giles back to the founding of the university.
Marvin J. (Jerry) Rosen, Professor of Communications Emeritus, passed away recently at age 84 following a lengthy illness. Professor Rosen's specialty was the use of photography and digital imaging in communications, and he was the author or co-author of a number of books in this area. A celebration of Jerry's life is being planned. Details will be provided when they become available.
We have received the very sad news that Dorothy "Dottie" Young wife of Jim Young, Professor Emeritus of Theater and Past President of the Emeriti passed away on January 7, 2014. Both Dottie and Jim have been very active in Rotary International and a beautiful tribute to Dottie is available on the Rotary District 5320 website.
The dance Vendredi 13 by Robin Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Theater and Dance, was chosen to open the Southern California Dance Invitational at Golden West College on Feb. 1, 2014.
A very interesting exhibit of Presidential photographs taken by Patrick O'Donnell, University Photographer Emeritus, is being shown at the old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana. More details are available on the University news page.
We have received the sad news that our colleague Giles T. Brown, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Professor of History, Emeritus passed away on December 28, 2013 at age 97. An extensive remembrance of Giles recently was published in the
A tribute for our colleague Dean Jerry Samuelson combining remembrances written by Millie Heaton and Joe Arnold has been added to the Book of Tributes. To view it click on the "Tributes" tab at the top of the page, then click on any of the links on the left of the page and scroll down to Jerry's name. Click to download the tribute in pdf format.
Sixty-five members of the Emeriti gathered at Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia, CA on 12/12/13 for our annual Holiday luncheon. Entertainment was provided by a string quartet from the CSUF Department of Music. Additional pictures from the 2013 Emeriti Holiday Lunch can be found on our Emeriti Flickr photo site. Thanks go to Ed Sowell for contributing to this set of pictures.