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Become a member!

The Cal State University Associates is a premier organization of supporters of the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. Members serve as good will ambassadors for the campus in the community and contribute tax-deductible yearly dues of $100/year for individuals, $150/year for couples, $300/year for corporations (up to 4 attendees per event) or $500/year for the Patron’s Circle which includes a guided “behind the scenes” campus tour for member and guest by Development Officer and/or faculty in area of interest.) The majority of these dues go towards scholarships for deserving students at the campus. Events begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., when appetizers and beverages are served. Members have the opportunity to “meet and greet” Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, dean of the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, fellow Associates members and special guests. The Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

The Cal State University Associates has already donated $100,000 to the campus scholarship program!

In addition to helping the campus at a time of declining state support and increased costs, members receive special benefits such as free admission to many campus events as well as invitations to exclusive "members only" programs.

"University for a Day Series"

The "University for a Day" series features the very best university instructors lecturing on a variety of topics. Academy –award winner, Dr. Stuart Sumida, was a past speaker. A professor of paleontology at the San Bernardino campus, Dr. Simida is also a consultant for Hollywood films and special effects projects.

An Evening with…"Series"

The "An Evening with…" series features intimate memoirs and discussions with outstanding citizens, personalities, and celebrities. Past programs include Jack Jones, Andy Williams, Bill Marx, Frankie Randall and a roundtable featuring Senator John Benoit, College of the Desert president, Jerry Patton, and Dr. Fred Jandt, dean of the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. These are just a few of the enlightening programs Associates members got to enjoy. Also, the California State Supreme Court chose to hear real cases in campus' Indian Wells Theater and Associates members were invited to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


The mission of the Cal State University Associates is to advance the quality of educational opportunities for all ages by encouraging private and corporate financial support for current and future needs.

Benefits of membership include…

  • Invitations to exclusive "members only" programs
  • Contributing to student scholarships
  • Knowing you are supporting the educational opportunities for all ages at all the only four-year public university in the Coachella Valley

To become a member, please fill out the Cal State Associates Brochure in PDF and mail back to Mike Singer at the campus address located at the top of the form.

Interested in joining the Dean's Circle? Click on the Dean's Circle flier in PDF for more information.

Levels of Giving

Associates Members:

    • $100/year for individuals
    • $150/year for couples
    • $300/year for corporations (up to four attendees per event)

Associates Patron Circle Members - $500/year for individuals or couple

Benefits of membership include:

    • Access to Associates-only events throughout the year at the Indian Wells Theater. Includes “University for a Day” series and “An Evening with…” series with up to four attendees per event.
    • Guided “Behind the Scenes” campus tour for donor and donor’s guest by Development Officer and/or faculty in area of interest.

Associates Dean’s Circle Members - $1,000/year for individuals or couple

Benefits of membership include:

    • Luncheon with the Palm Desert Campus Dean Sharon Brown-Welty on an annual basis to receive current campus updates.
    • Guided “Behind the Scenes” campus tour for donor and donor’s guest by Development Officer and/or faculty in area of interest.
    • Donor’s name to be engraved on a brick in the plaza of the Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building.

2016-2017 Presentation Schedule

Associates presentations take place in the campus’s Indian Wells Theater and are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month, with a reception at 6 p.m. and the speaker at 7 p.m.

October 11, 2016 - Mike Stull: "Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?"

Mike Stull

November 1, 2016 - Dr. Sitikantha Mahapatra:  “My Journey to America”

Dr. Sitkantha Mahapatra

January 10, 2017 - Dr. Priscilla Porter: “The Movers and Shakers of Coachella Valley's History from 1774 to 1930”

Dr. Pricilla Porter

February 21, 2017 - Judge Jim Hawkins: “Palm Desert Youth Court: Diverting young people from our criminal justice system and paying back our community for wrong doing”

Judge Jim Hawkins

March 14, 2017 -Ross McMullan and Jeff Rodrigues: “Classic Cars, Fast Cars: Our Admiration and Fascination with the Automobile, and Our Need for Speed”

Ross McMullan Jeff Rodrigues

April 11, 2017 - Dr. Ed Tauber

May 9, 2017 - Brigitte Valdez


2015-2016 Presentation Schedule


  • September 8, 2015 – Vincent Battaglia, Renova Solar, “Going off the grid – It’s not just for hippies anymore”

    Vincent Battaglia

  • October 13, 2015 – John Benoit, Brian Nestande, and Bruce Wilcox, The Salton Sea - "Exciting New Possibilities at the Salton Sea"

    John Benoit Brian Nestande Bruce Wilcox

  • November 10, 2015 – Jim McFarlin, National speaker and author on cybersecurity, “America's Cybersecurity: A Crisis in the Making”

    Jim McFarlin

  • January 12, 2016 – Frank DiSalvo, Entertainer, “Celebrating Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook”

  • Frank DiSalvo

  • February 9, 2016 – Charlie Rainey, Date Research Institute - "Benefits of Dates for Health and Local Economy"

  • Charlie Rainey
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  • March 8, 2016 – Ed Gordon “People without jobs – Jobs without people: Solving the job-skills disconnect”

    Ed Gordon

  • April 12, 2016 – Scott White and Jeff Miraglia, Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau – “Creating a Destination Brand: Greater Palm Springs #findyouroasis”

  • Scott White Jeff Miraglia

  • May 10, 2016 – Jonathan S. Braslow, MD, Braslow Advanced Orthopedics - “The Future of Medicine – Healing with Autologous Stem Cells”

  • Jonathan S. Braslow

A special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Bristol Farms an extraordinary food store Subway eat fresh Three Sixty North Lounge Restaurant
    Shermans's deli and bakery Casuelas Cafe LogoJackalope Ranch logo California Dates logo Manhattan of the Desert logo

    Board of Directors

    • Jan Oliphant
    • Priscilla Porter
    • Pat Fredericks
    • Rod Hendry
    • Robert Wisely
    • Angus McBain
    • Lea Goodsell
    • Carol Barnes Russakow
    • Janet Newcomb
    • Sheryl Benoit
    • Mike Singer
    • Sharon Brown-Welty
    • Jess Rosenberg
    • Dave Nola
    The CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Tax ID # 45-2255077.

    For more information, please contact Mike Singer at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107.