Cal State University Associates






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Cal State University Associates event photo






Cal State University Associates event photo

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, the majority of which go toward 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 more than $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.


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 University Associates Membership Form

Levels of Giving

  • Individual @ $100 
  • Couple @ $150
  • Student Scholar Support @ $300 (includes couple membership, plus an additional $150 toward a student scholarship)
  • Event Sponsor @ $400 (includes a couple membership and a sponsorship of one Associates event)
  • Corporate @ $500 (includes up to 4 people at each Associates event and sponsorship of one Associates event)
  • Dean’s Circle @ $1,000 (includes couple membership, lunch with the Dean, private campus tour and sponsorship of one Associates event)
  • Student Scholarship @ $1,500 (includes complimentary couple membership, a one-year $1,500 scholarship for one student, lunch with the Dean and a private campus tour)


2017-2018 Presentation Schedule 

The Rising Power of the Internet-Welcome Evolution or Impending Threat?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6 PM

The New Entrepreneurs of the Valley-The impact of the Coachella Valley Economic-Partnership Innovation iHub

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6 PM

The Legalization of Marijuana:  Weed 101-Entrepreneurial Opportunity, Regulatory Oversight,  Enforcement.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6 PM

Technology: Friend or Foe?-Understanding man’s relationship with technology

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6 PM

Cedars-Sinai: Medical Breakthroughs-A panel of doctors discuss cutting edge research in stem cells, cancers, and other medical applications.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6 PM

Dignity in Dying-A panel of experts discuss the new California legislation; its intent and its potential application.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6 PM

Geothermal Power: The Future is Bubbling

The power of Geothermal & Lithium near the Salton Sea.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6 PM

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.


Board of Directors

  • Carol Barnes Russakow
  • Sheryl Benoit
  • Rick Blanke Jr.
  • Sharon Brown-Welty (Advisor)
  • Pat Fredericks
  • Lea Goodsell (Vice-President)
  • Rod Hendry (President)
  • Janet Newcomb
  • Michelle Newman (Secretary and Treasurer)
  • David Nola
  • Jan Oliphant
  • Priscilla Porter (Honorary)
  • Mary Roche (Honorary)
  • Jess Rosenberg
  • Robert Wisely


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 Michelle Newman at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78140.