Advancing CSUSM, an overview on University Advancement from Vice President Neal Hoss

This is the time of year when we reflect on all of the good in our lives and give thanks for what we have. In University Advancement it’s also a time when we reach out to those that have contributed to the success of Cal State San Marcos and acknowledge their impact while imparting our gratitude.    

If you provided a donation to CSUSM through a payroll deduction during the 2012-2013 academic year, you likely received a personal visit (and a “thanks a latte!” gift certificate good for one coffee drink at the Campus Coffee cart as a small token of our appreciation) from Sean Briner who heads up our annual giving programs. If you have yet to make a gift during this academic year, Sean will stop by when you do!  Please know that your donation—be it a small gift through payroll deduction, a one-time gift or a bequest— counts and makes an impact not just for our students but for our entire region. If you aren’t already a donor and would love a latte on us, consider making a gift today at or through the online employee payroll deduction. 

During Homecoming Week the Senior Class Gift Campaign student committee hosted "Thank CSUSM Day" for the second year in a row. Fifty-one thank you cards were written by students to impactful CSUSM faculty or staff, and committee members hand-delivered the cards. More than 150 people signed the "Thank CSUSM Day" banner and several supported the campaign by making a gift. It was a great kick off to this year’s campaign, and we look forward to exceeding our goal of $10,000 to add to our Senior Class Gift Campaign Endowed Student Scholarship. If you are interested in supporting the campaign, learn more by visiting the Senior Gift Campaign’s website.

As 2013 comes to a close, we have our sights set on CSUSM’s 25th anniversary—almost one year away! In 2015 we look forward to engaging the entire Cal State San Marcos community— including faculty, staff, alumni, students, parents and friends – and have begun preliminary planning.  I look forward to sharing more information as we get underway.

In the meantime, please enjoy this issue of “Advancing CSUSM” and allow me to say thank you, once again, for the energy and enthusiasm you bring to our University and for all that you do every day.

Neal Hoss
Vice President of University Advancement  

Philanthropic Impact

Assistant Professors Stephen Tsui and Gerardo Dominguez will soon be working in new state-of-the-art laboratories in Science Hall 2 thanks to a gift from Hunter Industries.

A classroom in Science Hall 2 is receiving a major facelift to benefit hands-on undergraduate learning opportunities and faculty research in physics thanks to a $60,000 gift from Hunter Industries, a residential and commercial irrigation company located in San Marcos. The renovation, slated to be completed by the end of this year, is creating state-of-the-art laboratories for applied physics Assistant Professors Stephen Tsui and Gerardo Dominguez. Read More...

Giving Opportunity

Professor Emerita Janet McDaniel is working with University Advancement to establish CSUSM’s first-ever retiree association.

When Professor Emerita Janet McDaniel from the School of Education began planning for her retirement, she realized that for the first time in her over two-decade career at CSUSM she wouldn’t have a formal connection to the University. She reached out to University Advancement to propose the creation of a new association for CSUSM faculty and staff retirees. Read More...

College Development

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Jennifer Handy, left, with CSUSM School of Nursing officials and members of the Assistance League of Inland North County at a recent check presentation.

Faculty are vital to CSUSM’s development efforts and Jennifer Handy, director of corporate and foundation relations, wants the campus to know that University Advancement is here to help anyone with a viable project or proposal to secure private support. Read More...

Positioning the University

CSUSM's social media presence and notable news

The Office of Communications is expanding its online presence through social media. We invite you to read more about our efforts, including new social media guidelines and look at some of the recent headlines we helped to create. Read More...

Legislative Affairs

State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (75th District), far right, with campus officials at the groundbreaking of CSUSM’s new Veterans Center

CSUSM's recent groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterans Center attracted the support and attendance of several regional legislators, including State Assemblymember Marie Waldron of the 75th District. Read More...

Foundation Board

Foundation Board Member Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.),

Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), a decorated Marine, is currently the director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) as well as a member of CSUSM’s Foundation Board of Directors. After honorably serving his country for over 36 years in the Marine Corps, he is a voice of support for veterans and active duty military personnel in the CSU and at Cal State San Marcos. Read More...

Event Highlights

The men’s basketball team dominated. Photo by Jessamyn Trout

University Advancement’s Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving partnered with Associated Students, Inc., USU Advisory Board, Athletics, the CSUSM Greek Leadership Council, Student Life and Leadership, Campus Recreation, and Events and Conference Service to coordinate and celebrate Homecoming Week, an important tradition that brings alumni, parents and community members to campus to celebrate the spirit, innovation and uniqueness of CSUSM. Read More...