Giving site invites community to ‘Be A Part of It’

Giving site invites community to ‘Be A Part of It’

Screenshot of the Giving Portal homepage.

Homepage for the newly launched University Giving Portal at

Cal State L.A. is a vibrant, diverse campus. It's a place where life-transformations are truly possible. Where careers are born. And where first-generation college students write a new future for themselves and their families. We want you to be a part of it—be a part of our world of possibilities.

In the newly launched Cal State L.A. giving portal, you can now discover how to become involved with the campus, faculty, students, staff and the greater University community. Whether you are looking to volunteer your time, join a membership group, make a gift, start a scholarship or develop plans for your retirement, we have the answers to your questions. Be a part of Cal State L.A., at or contact us at (323)343-3075 for more information.


See Cal State L.A. like you’ve never seen it before—virtually

Screenshot of the virtual tour homepage.

Take a tour of campus in the University's interactive virtual tour at

Travel around campus. Step into classrooms. Discover the vast array of opportunities and activities available. From where you are right now, without leaving your chair. (Still online, right?)

Visit Cal State L.A with the help of our student guides, Lorraine, Serinah, Max and Willie. Follow their lead—or select a self-guided general tour—and you will virtually step into an interactive environment with insider views on campus life, academics, athletics, student services, facilities, and more. The virtual tour is accessible for those with disabilities.

Ready to start exploring? Jump into the tour on your own by visiting: or get a how-to guide for navigating and moving around in the University's Spotlight.


Major grant establishes teacher mentoring program

An education student works with a young child.

An education student works with a young child.

A five-year, $8.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will launch the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Program at Cal State L.A. in 2010. Through a 15-month graduate-level program, an initial cohort of 25 Charter College of Education students will become resident-teachers at middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), working with outstanding mentors.

While in the program, the resident-teachers will receive a $21,000 annual stipend. They will be assisting the effort to provide high-quality teachers in high-need public schools to teach math, science and special education. Upon completion of the program, participants will earn both a teaching credential and a master’s degree, and will be encouraged to teach for at least three years in the LAUSD.

For details on the program, go to


Foundation gift boosts nursing master’s program, creates scholarship

Masons Grand Master Larry Adamson gets a tour of the nursing 
simulation lab.

Nursing faculty Mary Shinnick explains the functions of the nursing simulation lab to Masons Grand Master Larry Adamson ’74. Adamson visited the campus to present the University with a $100,000 check in support of student scholarships from the California Masonic Foundation.

Thanks to a $100,000 gift from the California Masonic Foundation to the University's School of Nursing, two Cal State L.A. graduate nursing students have been given the opportunity to pursue degrees in nursing leadership and administration. Nursing master's degree students Luis Avitia and Virginia Castaneda were awarded the inaugural Claire V. Cunningham Masonic Scholarship Supporting Leadership in Nursing.

The scholarship, established in 2008, is part of an ongoing effort by the California Masonic Foundation to support leadership development and excellence in nursing.

California Masonic Foundation President Doug Ismail said, “The California Masonic Foundation recognizes the importance of health care to our society, as well as the significance of nurses and all health care professionals in our lives. By supporting these future nurse leaders, we hope to play a small part in creating a healthier and safer world.”

For more information on the gift to the University, visit /univ/ppa/newsrel/masons-nursing.htm.


These folks stepped up…way up

A team of students representing CSULA in the Stair Climb to the Top 
are pictured in downtown Los Angeles.

Representing CSULA’s School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at the Stair Climb to the Top were (front, l-r) Angelica Arciga, Suley Rivera, Yesenia Arreola and Krupa Parekh; and (back, l-r) Daniel Navarro and Tom Schumacher.

Two teams of students and faculty from Cal State L.A.’s School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science last fall stair-stepped their way to the top of the 75-story U.S. Bank Tower. Topping off at 1,108 feet, it is the tallest building in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River.

The teams hit the stairwells to support the “Elevators are for Wimps” fundraiser.

To read more about their climb to the top, check out the University Spotlight.


Mark your calendar

  • The Jean Burden Poetry Series Presents: Wendy Cope — Feb. 25
    Award-winning contemporary English poet Wendy Cope comes to Cal State L.A. as part of this year’s Jean Burden Poetry Series. Cope’s debut collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, appeared in 1986, and it was a publishing sensation, winning widespread critical praise and eventually selling 200,000 copies. Critics have dubbed her “one of the very best and cleverest poets of our time and the funniest, most spot-on parodist in English since Max Beerbohm.”

    Cope's reading and discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. It's free and open to the public. For more details, call (323) 343-4140.

  • CSU Super SundayFeb. 28
    As part of the African American Initiative, Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser and Vice President of Student Affairs Tony Ross will speak from the pulpit, on the importance of a college education and the road to getting there. Rosser will visit the New Covenant Baptist Church in Norwalk at 8 a.m. and Ross will speak at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, at 10:30 a.m. For more information about the Super Sunday events in Southern California, visit

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