Donors Make the Dream Possible

Taylor Moore

President's Scholar Taylor Moore.

Taylor Moore is earning her degree in Liberal Studies as a result of a scholarship funded by a CI donor. Nursing students get vital hands-on experience in CI’s high-tech simulation lab, largely due to donor contributions. And every day, students study and learn in a state-of-the-art library made possible by a generous donor.

Thanks to community financial support, CI and its students achieve what otherwise would be impossible.

“We are fortunate to have a leading four-year public university right here in our community,” said CI Foundation Board Chair George Leis, also the President and Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Capital Bancorp. “Through community support, CI is able to offer better access, education and opportunity to generations of students that will lead our region into the future.”

Over the past 10 years, community and private donor contributions have enabled approximately $1 million in awarded student scholarships, $2 million in supplies and lab equipment, and more than $10 million in building upgrades and improvements. As state budget woes have reduced funding to the California State University, donor support and community partnerships have become even more critical.

“A gift of any level has a meaningful impact,” said Nichole Ipach, Assistant Vice President for University Development. “A gift of $100 can provide textbook assistance for students in need. A gift of $5,000 to $10,000 could underwrite the cost of an undergraduate research course. A gift of $25,000 or more has the potential to significantly transform and impact the University and its academic programs.”

Broome Family

The Broome family (L to R): Ann Broome Priske, Patricia Broome, John “Jack” Broome,
Elizabeth Broome Grether, and John Broome Jr.

From its earliest years, CI benefited from a generous and supportive community. In 1999, the late John S. “Jack” Broome, an Oxnard rancher, philanthropist and early CI advocate, provided the first $5 million donation. His gift enabled construction of the John Spoor Broome Library, an architecturally stunning building that houses a digital teaching library and a robust collection of books, periodicals, archival collections and art.

“My father always supported youth and education and thought that was a way to create a good, strong society,” said his son, John S. Broome Jr. “He would be really thrilled to see how far CI has come in 10 years and the accolades it has received. It’s a great institution for Ventura County that’s really making a difference. We’re so proud to have played a small part.”

Smith Family with President Rush

The family of Bud and Martha Smith (L to R): Stacy Cannon, Victoria Pozzi, Antoinette
Gardiner, CI President Richard Rush, Marjorie Tegland, Lucinda Daley, and Tiffany Tegland.

The late Martin V. “Bud” Smith, one of the best-known real estate developers and philanthropists in Ventura County history, and his family donated $5 million in 2000 and $3 million in 2006, enabling the creation of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics and the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making, along with an endowment supporting numerous student scholarships and faculty research opportunities.

“For our family, contributing to CI was an investment in the future of Ventura County,” said Vickie Pozzi, daughter of Bud and Martha Smith and former CI Foundation Board member. “In 10 years, the University has set an amazing example by developing a beautiful ‘green campus’ with state-of-the-art buildings and it has acquired a great reputation as an accredited university and a place where both students and faculty love to work. Our family is very grateful to have been allowed the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Donors and community partners have created programs and opportunities that benefit CI students and the region as a whole. CI’s nursing program exists and continues to expand thanks to generous support from Cottage Health System, St. John’s Regional Medical Center/St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, the County of Ventura/ Ventura County Medical Center, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, and Simi Valley Hospital. An endowment of nearly $1 million from the late Santa Barbara philanthropist Pierre Claeyssens provides President’s Scholarships to outstanding students. Over the years, Amgen has supported CI science programs with more than $1 million. The OSHER Foundation has invested $1 million in CI’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, enabling the hiring and compensation of instructors and staff, as well as program marketing. And longtime CI supporters Bob and Norma Lagomarsino’s $1 million pledge helped establish and endow the Robert J. Lagomarsino Archives and Special Collections at the John Spoor Broome Library.

Donors have the opportunity to lend their names and support to several vital future projects, including a new event center, engineering program, academic and athletic programs, scholarships, academic buildings, courtyards, and the renovation of University Mall.

Patricia Richards Dodds, one of CI’s earliest Foundation Board Chairs, points to community support and strong leadership as the basis for CI’s success, character and impact.

“There were many who just gave unlimited amounts of time as volunteers or gave in more modest donations to make the dream a reality,” said Richards Dodds. “The University has changed our region forever. I take particular pride in knowing that I played a small part in the founding of CI. I hope that one day one of my grandchildren will be a student there.”

Gabriel Guillen

Gabriel Guillen, recipient of the Margaret
Garlock Scholarship for Nursing.

A similar pride is echoed by recent nursing graduate Gabriel Guillen, a recipient of the Margaret Garlock Scholarship for Nursing.

“With the support of the Margaret Garlock Scholarship for Nursing, I achieved my academic goals,” he said. “With my degree, I hope to make a difference for others in a way as meaningful as Ms. Garlock has for me.”

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