What: Fifty California State University, Northridge business students will receive free laptops from the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, which was founded by Younes and Soraya Nazarian. Younes Nazarian is co-founder of Qualcomm and a pioneer of the global wireless revolution.
The Nazarians’ son, entrepreneur, philanthropist and CSUN alumnus David Nazarian, founder and CEO of Nimes Capital, will also attend the special luncheon and presentation of the laptops. Many of CSUN’s students cannot afford to purchase laptops and must rely on computer labs and other public computer resources to complete their school work. These laptops will make college life a little easier for deserving CSUN business students, who were selected based on need.
The Nazarian family recently helped CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics successfully conclude a $25 million campaign after only two years. The campaign launched in March 2014 when Nazarian, who received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSUN in 1982, donated $10 million of his own money and pledged to help raise an additional $15 million for the college. The college was renamed in his honor.
The campaign’s goals included providing substantive support for the college’s programs. The gift of the laptops is intended to have an immediate impact on the success of current students. The laptop distribution is a pilot program, and officials hope to expand it in the future.
When: Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, 2106
12 p.m. – brief ceremony and distribution of laptops
12:30 p.m. – luncheon
Where: Room 4117 of Juniper Hall
(located on the west side of the CSUN campus, just south of Plummer Street)
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Younes and Soraya Navarian
Kenneth Lord, dean of the Nazarian College of Business and Economics
Robert Gunsalus, vice president for University Advancement and President of the CSUN Foundation
CSUN business students
Media Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, CSUN Media Relations, (818) 677-2130 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeff Noblitt, CSUN AVP for Marketing and Communications, at the event.