CSUN Interim President Louanne Kennedy launched CSUN Rising, along with university donors (l.to r) Philip Magaram and Abbott and Linda Brown.
The campaign, dubbed CSUN Rising, will run through this year. The initiative marks the end of the university's earthquake recovery period and its reemergence as one of the most modern, state-of-the-art university campuses in the nation.
"CSUN Rising's goals are in line with the university-wide goal to make the campus more student and community service centered," Kennedy said. "The success of this campaign will benefit everyone-students, faculty, staff and the San Fernando Valley."
With funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used to repair or rebuild structures damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, gifts to CSUN Rising will be used for equipment, furnishings and structural upgrades for several new campus buildings.
During the ceremony, Kennedy said the recent $1.5 million gift from CSUN alumna Linda Brown and her husband Abbott was significant both in the amount contributed and in its timing. Linda Brown earned a degree and pursued graduate studies at CSUN.
"The generous gift from Abbott and Linda Brown has given additional momentum to CSUN Rising," Kennedy said, "and makes us completely optimistic that we will reach our capital initiative goal." The Browns' gift was the largest cash donation and largest single alumni gift ever for the campus.
The gift made through the Browns' Ridgestone Foundation will help fund CSUN's Western Center for Adaptive Aquatic Therapy at the university's Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled. Because of the gift, the aquatic therapy project is due to start construction this summer.
Also cited as key to the CSUN Rising campaign was the allocation of nearly $1 million in federal funds for the aquatic therapy project. The money was obtained after several years of effort by U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita).
Other key projects supported by the CSUN Rising program are: