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Gift from Fitzpatricks merits new name for arena
Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick, owners of Valley Lexus/Valley BMW in Modesto and other car dealerships in the Bay Area, contributed $500,000 to California State University, Stanislaus in 2009. As a result, the California State University Board of Trustees has approved, at the recommendation of University President Ham Shirvani, that the campus’ Warrior Arena be renamed the Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena.
The Fitzpatricks have a long-standing relationship with CSU Stanislaus, with Ed having served on the University’s Foundation Board for many years. The couple has also been active in supporting the Warrior Athletics program and regularly attends home basketball games as good friends of President Shirvani and his wife, Fathy.
“I am so grateful to Ed and Bertha for their generous gift,” Shirvani said. “The Fitzpatricks have been strong supporters of CSU Stanislaus for many years. It is a delight to know them professionally through their work on the Foundation Board, but they are also dear personal friends of Fathy’s and mine.”
“Bertha and I are proud to support our local University in producing well-rounded graduates,” Ed Fitzpatrick said. “Academics and athletics must work hand in hand to help students develop both the mind and the body. Over the past few years, we have seen CSU Stanislaus grow academically and athletically under Ham’s leadership. The Cal State Stanislaus Warriors have great years ahead of them, and we will be cheering from the sidelines.”
Nelson Contribution helps launch new Masters Degree
A $10,000 donation from Gary and Marcia Nelson enabled CSU Stanislaus to start a new Masters of Science in Nursing. This spring, 14 nurses began this program which offers two tracks: Nursing Education and Gerontological Nursing.
Graduates will have the skills to become administrators and policy planners who work with the growing elderly populations, and be able to teach at both the college level and in staff development roles within various health care organizations.
The Nelsons are owners and operators of Nelson, which includes Nelson Staffing, Nelson and Associates, and Nelson Technology. Their generosity will serve the Valley for generations to come.
Endowed Professorship for Education Goes to Dr. Costa
CSU Stanislaus received a major gift of $375,000 from the estate of Kenneth and Shirley Whalen in February 2009, which will be used to create an endowed professorship within the College of Education.
Dr. Elmano Costa, Professor of Teacher Education at CSU Stanislaus since 1995 and a longtime educator in the University region, will serve as the Christie Sue Whalen-Saxton Professor of Teacher Education.
“Dr. Costa’s commitment to advancing education in the Portuguese community, his sundry contributions to the department and college, and his attention to students make him most deserving of this prestigious professorship,” CSU Stanislaus President Dr. Hamid Shirvani said.
The gift was made in the name of the Whalen's daughter, Christie Sue Whalen-Saxton, to support and enhance the University’s teacher training programs. Christie Sue, who is now deceased, received her B.A. degree in 1977 and her teaching credential in 1979 from CSU Stanislaus.
The Christie Sue Whalen-Saxton Endowed Professorship in Teacher Education provides the salary and research funding for a faculty member who no longer has to be paid entirely out of the operating budget. This allows the University to direct money that would otherwise have been spent on salaries toward other university needs.
Music Thanks Longtime Supporter
The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation is a longtime supporter of CSU Stanislaus’ Department of Music and has helped build a successful program for students in the Central Valley seeking both professional and liberal arts degrees in music. The Foundation’s recent gift of $3,000 to the Department of Music brings its total charitable giving to nearly $50,000. Each year, the gift has enabled students and faculty to continue their exploration of music and find ways to share their work with the people of the Central Valley.