Cooper CenterOpen for Research

The long-awaited John D. Cooper Center, a partnership between the County of Orange and Cal State Fullerton, opened May 4, 2011. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with about 100 guests attending marked the opening, at which fossils and artifacts were on display. Among the attendees were CSUF President Milton A. Gordon; Nancy Cooper, widow of John D. Cooper, at right; Orange County Supervisors Janet Nguyen, Bill Campbell and John Moorlach; Mark Denny, director of OC Parks, Jose Lara, a senior vice president at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union who also serves as a board member of CSUF's Philanthropic Foundation and the Foundation's Archaeo-Paleo Task Force chair; Annette Feliciani, Foundation board member and president of AEF Systems Consulting; Pam Hillman, CSUF vice president for University Advancement; Steven Murray, acting vice president for academic affairs; Angela Della Volpe, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Robert Koch, acting dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Larry Barnes, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; and Wendy Teeter, curator of Archaeology at UCLA Fowler Museum. Read more about the center.