Reginald and René Webb were honored for their philanthropic work and efforts to help others in the community. The CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation was honored for its work in creating and improving academic access for CSUSB students through its scholarship fundraising endeavors.
The renaming of the college is in honor of the contributions of James and Judy Watson, longtime supporters of CSUSB, and their transformative gift of $8.4 million to support student scholarships and programs, the work of the Watson & Associates Literacy Center and a Dean’s Endowment Fund.
The college is being renamed in honor of James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson, longtime friends of the university and its College of Education. The ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m.
The new Student Services Building will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 students and is designed for maximal flexibility as the campus continues to grow.
The life experiences the Watsons have brought to support the College of Education have benefitted students, the campus and, ultimately, the communities CSUSB serves.
CSUSB completed its annual six-week Faculty-Staff Giving Campaign to help students by raising $110,688, besting its planned goal by more than $10,000.
More than $61,000 was raised by 300 donors. The goal this year was to raise enough funds to provide 50 students with $1,000 scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year.
Robert J. Nava, vice president for CSUSB advancement, has been selected to serve on the 18-member CASE Committee on College and University Foundations.
Monica Alejandre will oversee the day-to-day operations for University Advancement Services and will serve as secretary of the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation.