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Endowment Established for D.C. Internship Program

May 13, 2013

Looking forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cal State DC program in 2015, its founders have launched a fundraising drive so more students can take part in the Washington D.C. internship experience.
Dan Black ’67 (B.S. physics), chairman of the board and CFO of ProThera, and his wife, Kathy, have pledged $25,000 and Victoria Vasques, '76 (B.S. human services), president and owner of Tribal Tech and her husband, Fabrice, have pledged $12,500 to kick-start an endowment fund. And, a new DC Scholars Advisory Board has been created to raise more funds, provide mentors, help secure internships and acclimate students to D.C. The board’s chair is alumna Margaret M. McCarthy ’84 (B.A. political science), director of Paradigm Ventures. The other board members include:

  • Mitch Avila, associate dean of CSUF’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lawrence Becker, Cal State Northridge political science professor
  • Nabila Bolisay ’08 (B.A. political science), an administrative specialist at FishBooks Pro
  • Keith O. Boyum, special assistant for strategic academic initiatives at Cal State Dominguez Hills and CSUF professor emeritus of political science
  • T. Allan Comp ’65 (B.A. history '65), coordinator of the Office of Surface Mining/Volunteers in Service to America Teams in Washington, D.C.
  • Gus Castellanos, district director for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
  • Angela Della Volpe, dean of CSUF’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sarah A. Hill, assistant professor of political science
  • James R. Hirt, CEO of the American Society of Appraisers in Washington, D.C.
  • Owen Holmes, CSUF associate vice president for government relations
  • Dave McCuan, Sonoma State political science professor
  • Leo Otero ’09 (B.A. political science), director of district and school partnerships for Teach for America
  • Alina Mircea-Trotz, CSUF College of Humanities and Social Sciences director of development
  • Marie Royce, managing director of global strategic initiatives for Alcatel-Lucent and wife of Congressman Ed Royce
  • Stephen J. Stambough, CSUF chair and professor of politics, administration and justice and the D.C. internship program director
  • Jeff Vanderslice ’07 (B.A. political science), legislative director for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
  • Victoria Vasques '76 (B.S. human services), president and owner of the consulting firm Tribal Tech

“Support from alumni and other friends of the program makes the experience possible for many of our students who otherwise could not go,”  Stambough said. “The program would not work without them, and I am pleased to see the interest by alumni in continuing its development.”

The program has drawn 240 students from CSU campuses since 2006, and has recently expanded, with plans for year-round operation. To make a donation, contact Mircea-Trotz, 657-278-2559.

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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