Union Bank representatives with Dr. Richard R. RushCamarillo, Calif., Nov. 25, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) announced a $100,000 sponsorship by Union Bank representing a significant corporate sponsorship to the University. The contribution will be allocated to support student scholarships and to advance some of CI’s most urgent priorities.

“We are thankful to Union Bank for its generous support,” said CI President Richard R. Rush. “This sponsorship comes at a critical time for our campus and it will help us immeasurably in serving our students.”

Over the last four years, state funding for the CSU system has decreased by 33 percent. As a result, private and public partnerships and individual and corporate donations are essential in meeting the needs of CI’s growing student population. Union Bank’s contribution will be recognized throughout the year at various University events and initiatives.

“We are committed to our community and to helping its youth thrive,” said Union Bank’s Cary Rubinstein, Senior Vice President for Community Banking. Headquartered in San Francisco, Union Bank operates more than 400 retail branches in California, Washington, and Oregon serving consumers, small businesses, and corporations. Last year, Union Bank contributed more than $12 million in grants and sponsorships to nonprofit organizations in its marketplace.

CI Foundation Board Chair and Union Bank’s Executive Vice President, Regional President – Central Coast Division, George Leis, commended the University for its leadership role in the region. “CI has made a real difference in this community,” said Leis, who is the former president of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust which was purchased by Union Bank in 2012. Prior to CI’s official opening, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust gave the University its first corporate donation in 2000.

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CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

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