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

On June 21 Cal State San Marcos hosted the University’s Annual Gala, “As Time Goes By.” What a spectacular evening it was—the energy in the University Student Union was electric with nearly 350 individuals in attendance! Thanks to our generous donors, enthusiastic president, deans, faculty, volunteers, advancement staff and partners across the University community, we surpassed our goal and raised over 60 percent more than we did last year—a total of $162,000 for student scholarships, faculty development and student programming.

The gala is always a wonderful reminder to me that Advancement is a campus-wide team effort. Every one of us—no matter our role—plays an important part in building a culture of giving on our campus and in our community. Thank you for what you do to support student success and share the good work of our University with others. It is inspiring . . . and it is working!

In this issue of Advancing CSUSM, we are pleased to update you on recent developments in the division. As we all prepare for another academic year, I remain grateful to all of you in our CSUSM family who have made a difference in our efforts – and I look forward to celebrating even more achievements with you in the months ahead.

Neal Hoss
Vice President of University Advancement  

Philanthropic Impact

CSUSM Scholarship Recipient Brittany Forester

At CSUSM, scholarships play an important role in fulfilling dreams and transforming the lives of our students. Raising funds for scholarships is one of the primary goals at the University’s Annual Gala. Read More...

Giving Opportunity

Graduates celebrate at Commencement 2014

Every day CSUSM’s faculty and staff play a vital role in providing an open and engaging environment where students can learn and thrive. The culture of leadership gaining momentum on campus has led many employees to choose to give to the University’s Annual Fund or to another area such as a specific department, program or scholarship.  Read More...

College Development

New Development staff members, CHrista Koen, Kyle Button and Mike Hele

As Cal State San Marcos grows, University Advancement strives to develop and increase capacity for philanthropic support to the University’s vision and achievements. Recently the division welcomed three new members to the team: Read More...

Positioning the University

CSUSM's new social media online newsroom

During spring semester, the Office of Communications launched a redesigned virtual newsroom, using a new content-sharing platform that makes it even easier to publish and share news and information about Cal State San Marcos. When the Cocos Fire broke out on the hills behind CSUSM on May 14, the Office of Communications put its crisis communications plan and upgraded news site to the test. Read More...

Legislative Affairs

CSUSM students meets with representatives in Washington DC

Advocacy in the California State University system typically means trips to Sacramento to lobby state legislators for a bigger piece of the budgetary pie. But the CSU is affected by federal issues as well, and three CSUSM students learned firsthand what it’s like to take advocacy to the next level. Read More...

Foundation Board

Foundation Board Member CSUSM Student Katie Boggs

As chair of the Senior Class Gift Campaign (SCGC), Katie Boggs never gets tired of sharing her love for Cal State San Marcos with her fellow students. While her goal to get every student to contribute to the annual campaign is lofty, the business administration major who will graduate in 2015, likes a challenge. Read More...

Event Highlights

Super STEM Saturday 2014

View highlights from the some of the events of the spring semester, including an Alumni Casino Night showcasing the new University Student Union, Super STEM Saturday and the Scholarship Donor Reception.  Read More...