California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus celebrated its second annual Founders Society Dinner on Nov. 19, at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.
The evening honored the foresight and generosity of those who have built the foundation of the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, the only four-year public university in the Coachella Valley.
The cities of Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio and Coachella were recognized for their founding gifts to build the campus’s Palm Desert Health Sciences Building. They were represented by Palm Desert Mayor Susan Marie Weber, Palm Desert City Council member Sabby Jonathan, Palm Springs City Manager, David Ready, Coachella City Council member V. Manuel Perez and Indio Mayor pro-tem, Glenn Miller.
CSUSB Dean Sharon Brown-Welty shared her excitement about the university's potential in serving the Coachella Valley and its students. For example, the current challenge to students, faculty and staff is to give back 15,000 hours of community service. Students are engaged in many non-profit organizations and giving back to the valley.
Entertainment was provided by The Palm Springs High School Swings Jazz Band directed by Brian Ingelson.
Sponsors this year included The Ritz-Carlton, the J.W. Marriott and the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa.
California State University, San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus
37500 Cook St., Palm Desert, CA 92211
Photography by Robert Whitehead