State of the University
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 • 7 to 8 p.m. PST broadcast on KSEE24

Join us for the State of the University, a chance to experience the energy and spirit of your regional university and discover how our next generation of leaders – along with you – will continue to impact the valley. This year, the State of the University address will be broadcast on KSEE24 on Tuesday, December 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. PST. This format will allow alumni and friends from across the country and world to join us for the first time.

The California State University Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Joseph I. Castro to serve as the eighth chancellor of the 23-campus California State University. This televised program will recognize Dr. Joseph I. Castro’s contributions to Fresno State and celebrate the University’s bright future.

Joe and Mary Castro have been passionate advocates for removing the basic needs barriers that face many of our students. In honor of their heart and commitment for helping students achieve their potential, all proceeds from the State of the University will aid in establishing The Castro and Borges Family Basic Needs Endowment Fund – leaving a lasting legacy to assist Fresno State students with food, emergency resources and other basic needs ensuring that Fresno State students succeed academically.


Visionary - $50,000Champion - $25,000Advocate - $10,000Partner - $5,000

All philanthropic sponsors will receive recognition at the State of the University and in select publications related to the event.

Thank you for supporting State of the University and leaving a lasting legacy for Fresno State students, while paying tribute to the Castro and Borges Families.

To confirm your participation, contact Katie Bewarder by November 30, 2020 at 559.696.7030 or

or mail completed form to

Fresno State
5244 N. Jackson Ave. M/S KC45
Fresno, CA 93740-8023

Sponsorship Form (PDF)


The Castro and Borges Family Basic Needs Endowment Fund will benefit Fresno State students through programs including but not limited to:

Fresno State Student Cupboard

Free food and hygiene pantry for students in need

Good Samaritan Fund

Emergency grants are awarded to students experiencing unanticipated financial roadblocks that can impact degree completion and well-being

Project Hope

Providing individualized support to students who are in crisis or experiencing challenges impacting their education

Clothing Closet

Provides students with professional clothing attire for an interview, career fair, and first job