NORTHRIDGE >> Cal State Northridge introduced Tuesday that its administration constructing will probably be named Valera Corridor in recognition of an almost $11.1 million present from alumnus Milt Valera and his spouse, Debbie.
The present consists of an endowment and scholarship for the Resilient Students Program, which gives a security web for school college students who grew up within the foster care system.
The cash will even go towards scholarships and endowments for schools throughout the campus, together with CSUN’s David Nazarian Faculty of Enterprise and Economics, the Mike Curb Faculty of Arts, Media and Communication, Oviatt Library, the Michael D. Eisner Faculty of Training, the college’s Jewish Research Interdisciplinary Program and the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Middle for the Performing Arts, campus officers stated.
Milt Valera, a 1968 CSUN graduate, labored at two Los Angeles metropolitan newspapers, shaped his personal public relations and advertising and marketing company and subsequently went to work for the Nationwide Notary Affiliation, the place he turned the affiliation’s president and CEO in 1982.
He has served on quite a few CSUN-affiliated boards and advisory councils, and was honored in 2011 with the Dorothea “Granny” Heitz Award for excellent volunteer management and in 2019 with the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
His spouse is the manager director of the Nationwide Notary Basis, in addition to being a philanthropist and supporter of quite a few causes, CSUN officers stated.
“Milt and Debbie Valera are two of probably the most dedicated and passionate supporters of training that I’ve ever met,” CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison stated in a press release launched by the college. “I’m delighted to rejoice this transformational present that advantages so many areas of the college, notably our Resilient Students. Milt and Debbie’s strategy to CSUN is countless enthusiasm and countless dedication. This present will make an indelible influence on generations of CSUN college students.”
Valera stated he and his spouse “hope that our gesture can serve to inspire others to assist CSUN and different CSU campuses.”
“Training has all the time been an vital a part of our lives, and we’re proud that our present will be capable of be put to good use at so many packages on CSUN’s campus,” he stated.
The Soraya’s foyer will probably be named the Milt and Debbie Valera Foyer, and the Resilient Students Program will even be named within the couple’s honor.
“In a rarity for greater training, the Valeras’ generosity and philanthropic influence attain throughout each nook of the campus,” stated Robert D. Gunsalus, CSUN’s vp for College Relations and Development and president of the CSUN Basis.
“For greater than three a long time, they’ve tirelessly advocated on behalf of CSUN’s mission and have turn out to be pricey pals of many throughout campus,” he stated. “Milt and Debbie are a part of the rising variety of Southern California philanthropists who see the elevating energy of the college and know that, via CSUN, their investments could have an amplified optimistic impact on the area.”