On the evening of Sept. 28, 2021, guests of the university gathered for a celebration in honor of alumnus and notary pioneer Milt Valera ’68 (Journalism) and his wife, Debbie, and the naming of Valera Hall. Scores of guests attended the outdoor event, the first of its kind in more than 20 months, held in the breezeway of Valera Hall.

In November 2020 the CSU Board of Trustees voted to name CSUN’s administration building, formerly known as University Hall, Valera Hall in recognition of the Valeras’ generosity to the campus. Longtime supporters of CSUN, the Valeras have committed more than $11 million for programs across the campus including the Milt and Debbie Valera EOP Resilient Scholars Program, which provides a safety net for college students who grew up in the foster care system.

Their philanthropy also supports the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya); the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics; the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication; the University Library; and the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, as well as an endowment for the university’s Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Humanities.


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