November 6, 2000 Vol. V, No. 6

Couple Donates $800,000 for New Food Science Auditorium

New Facility in the Magaram Center Will House Portable Demonstration Kitchen and High-Tech Equipment

Mulford and Pat Nobbs, owners of Jeunique International Inc. in the City of Industry, have donated $800,000 to Cal State Northridge for a new auditorium in CSUN's nationally recognized food science center.

The Nobbs, who reside in La Puente, said they chose to make the gift because of their interest in food science.

"We're very interested, and have been all of our lives, in nutrition and the need for more education on the part of the public in this subject," Mulford Nobbs said. "We're very much interested in preventive medicine, not curative. We felt the Marilyn Magaram Center would be a very good way to educate young people."

The Nobbs' gift is in the form of an irrevocable charitable remainder trust. It will pay for a 127-seat auditorium for the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics in the new Health and Human Development building (Sequoia Hall) under construction near the campus' center.

The auditorium will be equipped with a portable demonstration kitchen, an automatic screen, video cameras, LCD displays and Internet access.

The gift is part of the university's capital initiative, CSUN Rising, which has a goal of raising $11 million to restore and upgrade the university's teaching facilities, instructional technology, laboratory equipment and instructional furnishings in the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Ann Stutts, dean of the College of Health and Human Development, said the Nobbs' gift is greatly appreciated by the students, faculty and staff in her college. "Their generosity will enable us to enhance the academic opportunities for our students studying food science and the programs we offer to the community," Stutts said.

The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics was established in 1990 to support research, community service and education in those areas.

The center's director, Tom Chen, called the Nobbs' gift "a wonderful thing to happen to the Magaram Center." "We will be able to have a place for all the community service programs we offer," Chen said. "And the auditorium will have a very modern cooking center that will greatly enhance our teaching and demonstration capabilities."

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