Longtime University Supporter to be Honored at Luncheon
November 15, 2004 :: No. 86
In tribute to his generosity to the Guardian
Scholars program, longtime university supporter and Titan alumnus
Bill Selman (B.A. economics ’63), president of Selman Chevrolet,
will be honored Tuesday, Nov. 23, during the Thanks
for Giving recognition luncheon.
Held this year at the Brea Improv, the fund-raising
event will benefit Guardian Scholars and is an opportunity to spotlight
all supporters of the program, as well as “remind ourselves
how good we have it,” says alumnus and attorney John Dolan,
member of the Guardian Scholars Advisory Board and organizer of
Selman has contributed to Guardian Scholars since
its inception — fully funding a student each year.
“Bill Selman has made a personal commitment
to the program through annual gifts and continuing faith in the
students,” says Jenny Vinopal, director of Guardian Scholars.
“Throughout the past six years, he’s provided the program
with unwavering love and support. We are so happy to honor such
a wonderful friend and mentor.”
Guitarist and stand-up comedian Mike Rayburn will
provide the luncheon’s entertainment. Rayburn has performed
as a keynote artist for numerous corporations and has entertained
campus audiences across the country — the only entertainer
voted “America’s Campus Entertainer of the Year”
three out of four years in a poll of more than 5,300 colleges in
the United States.
Developed in collaboration with Orangewood Children’s
Foundation in 1998, the Guardian Scholars program encourages and
supports promising and motivated young people who are exiting the
foster care system and striving to earn a college degree. Through
such circumstances as endangerment, estrangement and abandonment,
student scholars typically are
former wards of the court, emancipated minors and/or without parental/adult
support. Lacking even basic resources during the transition to adulthood,
they are willing but not yet able to help themselves fully —
often struggling without the financial, emotional and psychological
safety nets that other college students rely on, according to program
Luncheon tickets are $50 each, in addition to sponsorship
opportunities to $15,000. Those who cannot attend” Thanks
for Giving” but wish to underwrite a student scholar’s
lunch are encouraged to do so for $50.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call
Mary Jacobson of University Advancement at 657-278-7124.
||Mary Jacobson, University Advancement,
657-278-7124 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, 657-278-4851
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