Visionary - Joyce Bulifant

ACTRESS/PHILANTHROPIST, CSUSB PALM DESERT CAMPUS



ETHAN KAMINSKY

Actress and philanthropist Joyce Bulifant sees the new four-year degree programs at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus as the future of the desert.

“This marks a new beginning for the Coachella Valley,” she says. “We finally have a four-year higher education program allowing students to stay in the community to achieve their degrees. That means they will be part of the community and be able to give back.”

The Palm Desert Campus graduated more than 200 students this year, and welcomed 100 freshmen and 153 transfer students this fall. Majors include psychology, nursing, and graphic design and marketing — critical components in the Coachella Valley workforce development plan.

Bulifant and her husband, Roger Perry, are deeply involved with the university’s expansion, even performing fundraising shows at the campus’s 300-seat Indian Wells Theater. Throughout the season, the theater  also offers top-notch entertainment and lectures for all members of the community to enjoy.

“I became involved through the autism center [University Center for Developmental Disabilities], because I have a grandson who is autistic,” she says. “I was so impressed with the fact that they nurture the whole family.”

Bulifant, who has lived in New York City and Los Angeles, appreciates the desert’s beauty, but says, “I became excited about the desert [not for] the weather. It was the education.”

Add your comment:
Coachella Valley Vision

Promotions + Contests

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.